Crosse at the double for O’Brien

Wednesday, Nov 7 2018

Newly-crowned champion apprentice Shane Crosse had his claim reduced as he helped Joseph O’Brien record a double at Dundalk.

Jockey and trainer began their winning ways in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden with Vhagar (5-2), defeating well-backed stablemate Royal Court by a length and a half.

Crosse said: “I wanted to get to the front, because he’s had a few runs now and been very consistent. The easiest way was to make the running on him, and he kept at it well.

“He was second to a nice horse of Joseph’s, Eagle Song, the last day – and was probably the form horse coming into it, and he did it well.

“Once I asked him, he stretched really well and hit the line running. I hope there is more to come from him.”

Crosse’s 7lb claim was reduced to 5lb after his next win, the 30th of the teenager’s career on O’Brien’s Too Precious in division one of the Handicap.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was an 18-1 chance on Wednesday morning – and having opened 11-1 on track, was returned an 8-1 winner by two and a half lengths from Lady De Vesci.

O’Brien has supplied 13 of Crosse’s 23 winners through the Flat season.

After his latest success, the young jockey said: “She disappointed us the last twice in handicaps, but she had solid maiden form and had a good run here earlier this year – so we knew she handled it.”

Conor Hoban was another jockey to record a Dundalk double – winning the opening claimer with Eddie Lynam’s Captain Power and then the concluding race, division two of the Handicap, on 20-1 outsider Crossingoz.

Trainer John Murphy – for whom Brazos took last month’s Irish Cesarewitch – bagged another winner with Confrontational, under Shane Foley, in the DKIT Students Union Handicap.

Murphy’s son and assistant George said: “He’d a good run in Laytown last time and has dropped to a more favourable mark.

“I’d imagine he’ll keep going here through the winter, because he loves the surface and enjoys it up here. Shane gave him a good ride, because he raced a bit lazy turning out of the back straight – but did it well in the end.”

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