Racegoers at Downpatrick were treated to a display of great race riding twice on Friday evening when Paul Carberry brought his mounts from last to lead at the final flight to highlight the genius of his riding talents.
Trainer Gordon Elliott maintained his magnificent strike record at the course when Be Seeing You partnered by Paul Carberry easily landed the long distance handicap hurdle to the delight of the large number of members in the “Call It What You Want” who reside beside the trainer at Trim.
Elliott said: “He won well. He’s in again at Perth and Roscommon at the start of next week. I’ll decide later what happens.”
Asked regarding the funding crisis at the two local tracks the Leading Downpatrick trainer said: “I hope it gets sorted - they deserve it - Downpatrick is second to none the way they look after owners, trainers and jockeys.”
Carberry at his brilliant best clocked up another hat-trick when the previously ultra-frustrating Fort Smith trained by Elliott took the beginners chase after Edeymi, which was in contention, fell at the penultimate fence.
Elliott said: “Paul said nothing would have beat him tonight. He has a mind of his own.”
Navan trainer Gavin Cromwell maintained his current run of success which included a double last week with As de Pique [Down Royal and Punchestown] when Paul Carberry claimed the other handicap hurdle on the card aboard Christy’s Call.
Cromwell said: “I quietly fancied him coming up. We’ll stay in or around that trip with him and he wants that ground [good].”
Haddington Road trained by Dot Love made virtually all the running to readily claim the opener at Downpatrick last night with Andrew McNamara aboard.
The winner briefly lost his position on the final circuit but was again in the lead before the top of the hill and success assured prior to the final two flights.
The winning trainer said: “He was always a nice horse and is one for the future and will make into a good chaser. He might stay hurdling meantime and possibly go chasing at the end of the summer - it will depend what the handicapper does. The owners have bred a lot of good horses.”
Bills Official sprang a 33/1 surprise in the handicap chase. Trained by Martin Hassett and partnered by his nephew, Shane, the winner made most of the running to score from the locally trained, Finea.
The winning trainer said: “I was confident coming up. We used his stamina tonight. We have only four in training and three have won. We’re delighted as Shane loses his claim on the winner.”
The Jim Dreaper trained, El Grande - owned by the Conway family from Draperstown - having finish runner-up at the last fixture, gained compensation when easily landing the hunterchase with recently crowned Ulster Champion point to point rider Noel McParlan in the saddle.
For the third time on the evening Waterville Road [Katie Walsh] denied a local winner with Lord De Beaufai finishing a narrow runner up.
Downpatrick stage racing on Sunday 14th combined with a vintage car display.