CHRIS Hayes blitzed his way to a 344/1 quadruple in Down Royal courtesy of four different trainers.

His day began with a winner on 9/4 favourite Gobi Star for Eddie Lynam in the opening Madri Excepcional Maiden over five furlongs.

The four-year-old gelding was pipped by a nose over the course and distance at the start of September, but got his reward this time when he was ridden into the lead in the final 150 yards. He kept on best to see off Aurora Nova by half a length for owner Trevor Dalzell.

Hayes said afterwards: “He was unfortunate, a bob of the head the last day. It was something similar today and probably the slower ground again even helped. He will have to mix it in handicaps now, but I think he will be capable.”

Next was the Molson Coors Beverage Nursery Handicap over the same trip where All In The Hips (10/3) overturned Naas form with Wakai Umi.

The Ivawood filly had been beaten into fourth by that winner earlier this month, but it was a different story once she loomed large on the shoulder of the favourite racing to the final furlong. She soon led and powered home by three and three-quarter lengths.

“The lads (Martin Moylan and D Moylan, owners) were very confident of a big run in Naas, but I thought I was drawn on the wrong side the last day,” Hayes said.

“Jack (Davison, trainer) said to me this morning that she had come on a bit. I was fairly confident and I thought the only thing that might beat me would be maybe the ground. To be fair, she has mentally sharpened up.”

Treble up

The treble was secured on Noel Meade’s Encosta in the Irish EBF Auction Series Fillies Maiden over seven furlongs.

The Mukhadram filly has improved on each start from a third place in Leopardstown and a runner-up berth at Naas.

In this assignment, she readily moved clear inside the final furlong to score by two and a quarter lengths at 5/2 for owner Seamus Hunt.

Meade said: “She’s a nice filly and we’ve always thought a lot of her and she didn’t cost a lot of money, so she gets into those races.

“She’ll go to the final now in Naas and I think we will leave her for the winter, she’s a big filly. I think she will handle soft ground well.”

Hayes drove Eddie and Patrick Harty’s Gegenpressing home from a fair way back in the Molson Coors Beverage Company Handicap. The four-year-old gelding was fully 11th halfway, but made good headway in the final quarter of a mile and stormed into the lead inside the final furlong.

He was kept up to his work to pass the post with an advantage of three-parts of a length at 6/1, from a morning price of 14/1, for the Game Syndicate and Mrs Edward Harty.

Hayes said: “I angled out to have one cut from the road and I got there sooner than ideal but he toughed it out. I just half gave him a boot once I got across the road and he just took off, hit the front and kind of half looked around a bit.”

Kartayaz and Kyanna a winning team

KYANNA Van Buuren rode the second winner of her career when John McConnell’s Kartayaz rallied well on the rail to get the better of Complete Fiction after a protracted battle in the second division of the Pravha Handicap.

After the 15/2 chance obliged by half a length for The 119 Partnership, Van Buuren said: “He likes a challenge - it brought him along to the line nicely and he fought back hard. He got there well in the end.”

Shoebox King made full use of stall one to take the Coors Handicap over five furlongs.

The Aclaim gelding disputed the lead on the inner and held the lead over a furlong from home. He faced a stern challenge from Harmony Rose close home but clung on by a head at 9/1 in Kim Coleman’s colours.

Jockey Joe Doyle said: “Kevin (Coleman) has done a really good job keeping him fresh all year. He likes that ground and he can turn up in those okay sorts of sprints and he’ll always run his race. The draw probably was the key today.”


Trail blazes for Kearney

ANDREW McNamara’s Red Trail saw off the challengers at the end of an extended 10 furlongs in the first split of the Pravha Handicap.

Seven pound claimer Jack Kearney did the steering and the pair took the honours by a neck at 6/1 for owner Andrew Heffernan.

Kearney said of the win: “I thought she would have a good chance. I knew the step up in trip would suit her. She loved the ground and gave me a lovely spin. She travelled through the race lovely and was much more straightforward.”

Joseph O’Brien’s Como Park returned from a break to land the Molson Coors Beverage Company Handicap in the hands of Declan McDonogh.

The son of Camelot outgunned Regally Blonde by a length and a quarter after passing her in the final furlong, and took this prize for owner Lloyd Williams.

McDonogh said: “He stays well. We went a good pace and I was happy to sit back out of the fight early. He finished off the race well.

“I think he appreciated getting his toe in today, a little bit of ease in the ground helped him. He’s a horse on the up.”