Authors: Rio Sports
Lisa O’Neill, whose success on Wrath Of Titans in last season’s Kerry National at Listowel was her first win over fences under Rules, recorded a remarkable double on Wednesday when she took the feature event at the Listowel Festival for the second year running, this time aboard the 8-1 chance Potters Point.
O’Neill, an amateur jockey who works in a variety of roles at Gordon Elliott’s stable in County Meath, also won the JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in March aboard the 2014 Triumph Hurdle winner, Tiger Roll. With her latest big-race success she has won a total of four races over fences, including two which were worth €103,000 (£93,000) to the winner and another with a first prize of £72,000.
Potters Point was one of three runners in the field from the Elliott stable, a team that included A Toi Phil, the 7-1 joint-favourite with the leading professional Davy Russell in the saddle. Russell’s mount finished down the field, however, as O’Neill drove Potter Point to a half-length defeat of Joseph O’Brien’s Arkwrisht, who, like the winner, carried the colours of leading owner Michael O’Leary.
“I’m getting fond of Listowel,” O’Neill said, “and it’s just great to be getting these opportunities. Winning this race twice and also Tiger Roll at Cheltenham is fantastic, but I’m very privileged to be part of a great team. It has taken me a while to get the opportunities, but all the hard work that has gone in makes it mean that bit more. He gave me a great spin and was travelling that well, he took me into the race a bit earlier than I intended.”
Three jockeys who received 10-day bans for failing to pull up during a void race at Perth on Monday have lodged appeals against the penalty, which will be heard on 21 September.
Stephen Mulqueen, Sean Quinlan and Derek Fox all continued riding after a signal was given to stop racing to allow an injured horse to receive treatment close to the winning post. Quinlan crossed the line in front on Red Giant ahead of Fox, aboard Miss Joeking, while Mulqueen was unseated from his mount after the final fence.
At Doncaster Brian Harding, who retired from race-riding only a few months ago, won the annual Leger Legends race for former jockeys on the opening day of the St Leger meeting.
Harding, who rode the popular grey One Man to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in 1998, edged ahead in the final strides on Tim Easterby’s Off Art, a 5-1 chance, to beat two Group One-winning former Flat jockeys, Adrian Nicholls (on Fire Palace) and Ian Mongan (Character Onesie).
“That was hard work but good fun,” Harding said afterwards. “I’m 45 in two weeks’ time and I left home when I was 15, so I was a jockey for almost 30 years. It takes a little getting away from, but I do a jockey-coaching job and that keeps me a bit involved. [The promising Flat apprentice] Jamie Gormley is one of mine and there are some good jumps lads, too.”
Encore D’Or, six times a winner on all-weather surfaces, closed late for Ryan Moore to record his first success on turf in the Listed Scarbrough Stakes, while Shabaaby, the easy winner of the opening race for Owen Burrows, may have run his last race as a juvenile and won in a style that suggests he could be a Pattern-class performer next season.
Doncaster 1.20 Kenny The Captain 1.50 Clubbable 2.25 She Believes (nb) 3.00 Natural Scenery 3.35 Neola 4.05 Dark Red 4.35 Renfrew Street (nap)
Epsom Downs 1.30 Lifeboat 2.00 Bumptious 2.35 Alnasl 3.10 C’Est No Mou 3.45 Swaffham Bulbeck 4.15 Masarzain 4.45 Red Stripes
Chepstow 1.10 Polly’s Gold 1.40 Ashwass 2.15 Hope And Glory 2.50 Atalanta Queen 3.25 Wahaab 3.55 Glory Of Paris4.30 Meyandi
Hexham 4.10 Sophie Olivia 4.40 Lilywhite Gesture 5.10 Cash Again 5.40 Man With Van 6.10 Mash Potato 6.40 My Idea 7.10 Galveston
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