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'He's a very sound man' - praise for John Ryan after double sets personal best

John Ryan: two winners at Ballinrobe on Tuesday
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Tipperary-based trainer John Ryan set a new personal best after a double on the day left him on 17 winners for the season.

The Dara Man provided Ryan with his 16th success in the 2m1½f maiden hurdle, which helped him eclipse last season's total, before The Little Yank held off favourite Persia by half a length in the 2m1½f novice hurdle. He achieved his record after sending out less than half the number of runners.  

The Little Yank's jockey Bryan Cooper told Racing TV: "John's horses are flying at the moment and I'm grateful to be slipping in for a few spares. He's a very sound man.

"A good jump at the last sealed it, and The Little Yank is a tough sort, and stuck at it well." 

It was a first win since October 2019 for the six-year-old, who landed his first success over hurdles at Ryan's most lucrative track. 

The Dara Man landed his maiden win on his fifth start by five and a half lengths under Shane Fitzgerald.

Double for Rothwell 

Ryan was not the only trainer with two winners on the card, as Philip Rothwell sent out a pair who won impressively. 

Union Park and Hugh Morgan romped home in the 2m1½f handicap hurdle, with the five-year-old set for a rise in the handicap after cruising to a nine-length success. 

Owner Oliver Barden was also rewarded with the second of Rothwell’s winners as Oscer Romero came off a 54-day break to win by six and a half lengths under Sean O'Keeffe in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle.

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John's horses are flying at the moment and I'm grateful to be slipping in for a few spares
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