Local trainers pick up prizes

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Downpatrick trainer Brian Hamilton continues to register winners and travelled to Clonmel to record his latest success.

Jimmy Two Times claimed the amateur riders maiden hurdle with stable rider, Declan Lavery aboard.

The local winner, which is also owned by the trainer, beat a high profile pair in Venitien De Mai and Sambremont in good style.

Hamilton said: “He’s a dour stayer and all he does is just gallop. Last season he was very sticky with his jumping and jumped to the right. It took a while to sort out and his experience probably told today.

“He wants soft ground. He did a serious piece of work at Maralin the other day and we’ll look for a staying novice at Christmas.”

The Ulster trainer almost doubled up when Wither Hills which supplied the trainer with his first flat victories at the Curragh and on the all-weather at Dundalk earlier this year finished runner-up in the grief stricken beginners chase to If Not For You when half the runners fell or where brought down.

Co Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver notched up a double at Dundalk when Whip Up a Frenzy justified favouritism in the nursery handicap with Fran Berry aboard.

The Caledon based handler advised: “I’m delighted and it was a straightforward ride by Fran.

“I don’t know what happened to him last time as I expected him to win but he was much better today and Fran was well pleased with him.

“I don’t think there is anything this side of Christmas for him so he’ll have a break and come back next year, if he’s not sold.”

The brace was completed when Tom Melbourne made a winning debut in the maiden with Chris Hayes in the saddle.

Oliver said: “I’m delighted, we think he’s a very good horse – we hope so anyway. He’s very green and very inexperienced but this was one of the only opportunities for him. There was this race or one in two weeks so he had to come.

“I said to Chris (Hayes) that he’s knows nothing but if you get him into the race I think he has ability and he showed that. It was a great ride and he really looked after him. He’s a prospect and one to look forward to in staying races.”

While the Northern Region point to point circuit has concluded for the autumn, local connections travelled to the Tattersalls point to point on Sunday with success.

Newry father and son combination Sean and Noel McParlan struck in the opening event when Drumlee Sunset registered victory in impressive fashion.

Yorkhill, which unseated his rider at the penultimate fence at Toome on his debut, gained a degree of compensation for Templepatrick trainer Colin McKeever in the second division of the opening four year old maiden with Champion rider, Derek O’Connor aboard.

A hat trick for local connections was denied when the Liam Lennon trained, Waltz Legend partnered by Mark O’Hare had to settle for the runner-up spot beaten a neck by Bothermenot in the mares winners contest.