ULSTER connections collected half the races at Downpatrick last week.
The hat-trick star was the first race victory of the Ian Ferguson trained, Leighinmohr, which despite his narrow success with Ben Dalton aboard remains unbeaten in three starts including a point to point and a bumper.
The promising young star replaces Simonsig, which was in the Ballymena stable last season and this week a major fancy at the Cheltenham Festival.
The winning trainer said: “I will look for a one winner possibly at Ayr – he wants good ground.”
The winner is owned by Ballymena Meats and carries the famous colours of the late Brian Kearney Senior, the colours seven times successful at the 1980 Galway Festival when Dermot Weld saddled five for the owner and the Ballymena trainer the winners of two bumpers.
The blue with an Orange hoop colours were inherited by his son, Brian Junior, who with long time partner, Jimmy Murray, own the young star.
Call Box, trained by Stuart Crawford at Larne, showed his liking for Downpatrick when winning for the third time over the undulating course with the trainer’s brother Ben in the saddle.
The Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National [Sunday -March 25th] is the next likely target stated the trainer.
The winner is owned by Seamus and Corienne Mc Allister owners of Belfast’s Morning Star, a popular haunt from the racing fraternity.
Draperstown trainer, Noel Kelly completed the trio of Ulster victories when Charlie’s Vic cantered to a facile success in the mares novice hurdle.
Trainer, Gordon Elliott notched a double at the local venue with Oscar Hill [Paul Carberry] gaining a distance win in the handicap hurdle while Spring Lane [Nina Carberry] was 16 lengths clear of the second in the concluding bumper to highlight the Elliott horses in good form ahead of this week’s Prestbury Park Festival.