Elliott and Russell at double with Station

Elliott and Russell at double with Station

Station Closed, near side, delivers her challenge at the last ©Healy Racing Photos By Michael Graham Station Closed has hit form with a vengeance and she gave Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell a double at Downpatrick when forging clear in the extended two mile five handicap hurdle. This was the nine-year-old mare’s third win in her last four starts. She was a 7/2 chance for this 15-runner contest and moved into contention before the second last. She then hit the front with over a furlong to race and stayed on stoutly to score by seven lengths. Milestone Prince (6/1) took second. There was a further three parts of a length back to heavily backed 9/4 favourite (from 4/1) Carlitos Bay in third. Elliott’s assistant trainer Ian Amond said: “She has obviously improved for the good ground and step up in trip, she has turned inside out. Hopefully there might be another one in her somewhere. She’s more than paying her way anyway. “The Racing Club are lucky that the few horses they have on the go lately are all running well. “If she keeps winning here she’ll stay here. Maybe later on in the year she might go back to England. We’ll stick her to these places for the time being.” Elliott and Russell took the preceding race on the card with William B (11/10 favourite).
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Third time lucky over fences for Jack

Jack Slade puts in a big leap over the last under Sean Flanagan ©Healy Racing Photos By Donal Murphy Jack Slade made it third time lucky over fences as he ran out a good winner of the Molson Coors Beginners Chase. A dual victor over flights, the Noel Meade trained seven-year-old was a good second to Eight Till Late on his most recent effort at Clonmel. Sent off a 6/1 chance this afternoon he was settled in mid-division by Sean Flanagan, and was seventh with a circuit to race. He took closer order before four out and soon went second, hitting the front before two out, going on to score comfortably by fourteen lengths. Fenlon’s Hill (20/1) finished second under Adam Shortt for Paul Stafford, while Kalinite (20/1) was a length back in third with Paddy Kennedy in the saddle for Jessica Harrington. Ocean Glandore (David Mullins aboard for Pat Fahy) was sent off the 5/2 favourite and he disappointingly pulled up. Sean Flanagan said afterwards: “He did it well enough, he hasn’t exactly handled the track 100 per cent but when he got to the bottom of the hill and he straightened up he raced to the top of the hill. He jumps great, he’s had the experience of two runs which is a big help. “I’ve ridden him here to get the trip. He has run over three (miles) a couple of times and didn’t see it out. He’s just a bit of a funny one. Better ground is a big help.” STEWARDS REPORTS The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Ocean Glandore, trained by P.A.Fahy, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. D.J. Mullins, rider ofp>Ocean Glandore trained by P.A.Fahy, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled. B. R. Hamilton, trainer of Bertie Bell, reported to the Turf Club Veterinary Officer, that his charge was found to have burst post race. This was confirmed by the Turf Club Veterinary Officer. Additional reporting by Michael Graham
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Senga wins French Oaks

Rhododendron ©Healy Racing Photos Rhododendron reportedly bled from the nose and was pulled up in the Prix de Diane as Senga won a rough renewal of the Chantilly Classic. Aidan O’Brien’s filly found only stablemate Winter too strong in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of last month and was then outstayed by the John Gosden-trained Enable in the Oaks at Epsom a little over a fortnight ago. Rhododendron appeared to be well positioned in the middle of the pack at the halfway stage of the French Oaks, but was pulled up quickly by Ryan Moore, who dismounted before the home turn. Gosden’s Shutter Speed brought an unbeaten record and strong form to the table, having beaten stablemate Enable at Newbury before landing the Musidora Stakes at York. Frankie Dettori managed to navigate his mount across from her wide draw and she looked to be delivering a strong challenge in the straight. However, she had no answer when Pascal Bary’s Senga found top gear in the hands of Stephane Pasquier and ended up finishing fourth. Alan Cooper, racing manager for successful owners Flaxman Stables, told Press Association Sport: “We’re absolutely thrilled with her performance. “We were expecting a good run, if she stayed. She obviously enjoyed the extra ground and won well. “She only ran two weeks ago and has had a busy year so far, so she’s going to have a rest now. “We’ll see when she comes back whether we step her up in trip or come back down.” It was a closely-run thing for second, with Sistercharlie narrowly getting the better of Terrakova. There was further drama earlier in the race as Christophe Soumillon was unseated from Onthemoonagain. The Belgian-born rider was stood down for the remainder of the day after he suffered a suspected shoulder injury. Bary said of the winner: “She is a fantastic filly, from a fantastic breeding operation. “We definitely ran her over too short a distance before. “Her connections trusted me to let her run in this race, despite having run only two weeks ago. “She had a good run, in a race with consistent pace, and showed a superb turn of foot.” Gosden was really happy with Shutter Speed. He said: “She delivered a superb performance, and there are no excuses. “She jumped from a wide draw as well as she could. I thought that Frankie Dettori rode her very well. “At one point she looked like she was coming to win.” Henri-Alex Pantall was left to rue a turbulent dash to the line for runner-up Sistercharlie. He said: “She didn’t have a clear run, neither in the turn nor the straight, where she had to wind he way through. “It’s a shame when you see the way she finished, but that’s racing.” The beautifully-bred Terrakova is now poised for a rise in distance after she caught the eye in third place. Trainer Freddy Head said: “She put up a great performance as she had been caught flat-footed when the rest of the field kicked. “She got a few bumps, so she couldn’t follow them when they jumped and so couldn’t get near the pace. “Despite that, she ran well. It’s only her third start, and it’s promising. She should step up in trip to a mile and a half.”
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