Zoffalee secures biggest win of career in Ballinrobe feature

Monday, Aug 12 2019

The Andrew McNamara trained Zoffalee landed the feature Burleigh Accountancy Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe on Monday evening.

Previously trained in England by Tom Dascombe, the son of Zoffany was bought by McNamara for £20,000 at Tattersalls in October.

After some good efforts in defeat, he made the breakthrough over hurdles at Ballinrobe in May and was last seen finishing sixth in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh.

Sent off at 7/2 on this occasion, he was settled behind the leaders on the outer, taking closer order from three out.

Ridden to challenge from the last the four year old edged to the front inside the final 150 yards before going on to prevail by a neck under seven pound claimer Dillon Maxwell.

“It was a nice pot for him to win and he’s entered at Tramore on Thursday,” said McNamara who trains the winner for Andrew Heffernan.

“He might go there for the same money under a penalty. If he’s okay in the morning that is.

“We were tempted to go to Galway with him. However after his run in the Ladies Derby we said we’d keep him for this good prize and he obviously likes Ballinrobe.”

Red-hot conditional Darragh O’Keeffe registered yet another success, as he partnered Le Hachette to victory in the Connolly’s Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle.

The John Ryan trained daughter of Yeats made all, coming home twenty-three lengths to the good.

Ryan said of the 9-2 winner: “She has to be trained from the field and she’s one that’s given us all sorts of problems.

“We were going to give up on her but she has a brilliant pedigree. She had a run in Kilbeggan to put her spot-on for this.”

Sizing Malbay (3/1) was another well-backed winner, as she battled gamely to take the Broderick’s Electrical Handicap Hurdle.

Ridden by Kevin Brouder, the Stephen Mahon trained five-year-old came home a length and a half to the good in the colours of the Conor & Con Partnership.

Brouder had to settle for third on Derby De Thaix in the Yupana Inc California Handicap Hurdle, with Alfred Wegener (12/1) claiming this prize for father and son team of Eric and Conor McNamara.

The Mark McNiff trained For Everyone sprang a 22/1 surprise in the opening J.J Burke 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle, while Shane Ryder’s Clear Left was yet another big priced winner, as she took the Believe In Ballinrobe Maiden Hurdle at odds of 20/1.

Newcomer Pencreek was sent off the 13/8 favourite for the concluding Cummins Homevalue Hardware INH Flat Race, but he could only manage third behind easy winner Druim Samhraidh (4/1) with Jamie Codd aboard this one for David Dunne.

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