COUNTY Armagh trainer James Lambe and stepson/jockey, Liam McKenna maintained their successful partnership when Twin Plan was a winner on her first start for the local trainer at Clonmel last week.
The mare, the winner of a point to point last month has been released by the stable’s principal owner, Patrick McCann, who operates as the Brookland Racing Partnership.
Twin Plan was delivered with a timely challenge by the conditional rider, while the winning Ulster trainer said: “I thought the ground might be a bit heavy even though she won her point on it. We’ll see what we’ll do now – her future lies over fences.”
Meanwhile, Downpatrick trainer Brian Hamilton hopes to get his stable star back on the racecourse at Naas later this month. A triple bumper winner prior to filling fourth in the Champion bumper at the Cheltenham Festival last year, Moscow Mannon won on his hurdling debut at Navan in December.
However, a series of minor setbacks have thwarted the local trainer’s plans in recent weeks and Hamilton advised: “These things all happen for a reason and maybe it’s as well we didn’t run him [Leopardstown]. If Cheltenham doesn’t work out there is plenty of prize money elsewhere on offer and he’ll be a fresh horse.”