ON the owners’ front, the stand-out success over the past week has been that of Patricia Hunt’s Layfayette who landed the Group 2 Coolmore Sottsass Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on Monday. This was a third win in three starts this season for the five-year-old French Navy gelding who is trained for his Belfast owner by Noel Meade.
Derrylin handler David Christie had mixed luck with his runners on the track and between the flags last weekend but at least there were two winners among them. Liz Lalor partnered John Hegarty and Jennifer O’Kane’s Ask D’Man to victory in the ladies’ open at Largy on Friday evening and Ben Harvey was on board Ray Nicholas’s Handy Headon in the C&C White Maiden Hunters Chase at Down Royal on Monday.
Simon Torrens rode the Christie-trained Sholsang who finished second to the Conor Orr-ridden Gallyhill in the Cidona Beginners Chase at the same meeting. However, the Co Tyrone-born jockey was on the mark in the preceding Club Orange Hurdle on board the John McConnell-trained Chinx Of Light. At Ballinrobe on Tuesday, he partnered the Enda Bolger-trained L’Impertinent to victory in the beginners’ chase.
Randalstown’s Dunseath triumphs in Oz
ON a day when the Mid-Antrim meeting at Broughshane is the focus of the Irish point-to-point world, Randalstown native Megan Dunseath, who once worked with Ian Ferguson at Cullybackey, is featured in Stuart McCormick’s column from down under on page 35.