Blackmore in double-winning form at Tramore

Saturday, Aug 17 2019

Top jump jockey Rachael Blackmore took the riding honours on the Flat with a double on Act Of God and Hit The Rocks at Tramore.

Blackmore struck first on Act Of God (9-10 favourite) was not disgraced at the Galway Festival and gained compensation with a comfortable success in the Dan Cowman Memorial Maiden.

Ridden to lead just under two furlongs out, Edward O’Grady’s four-year-old swept to victory by three and a quarter lengths from Convara.

“They went very hard early on and it probably suited him the way it turned out,” said O’Grady.

“He’s probably a bit unlucky not to have won his maiden before now. We might give him another run on the Flat before we got back hurdling with him.”

Blackmore completed her brace when producing Hit The Rocks (20-1) with a rattling late run to win the Strand Inn Dunmore Handicap.

The four-year-old, owned and trained by Edmond Kent, swept into the lead in the straight to score readily by six and a quarter lengths from Aasleagh Fawn.

Kent said: “I knew this horse had a lot of ability and even here wouldn’t be his ideal track. Hopefully he’ll go forward from here.

“We done a bit of schooling with him and he jumps a hurdle really well. He’s an autumn horse on a bit of easy ground and he could be a good dual-purpose performer.”

Sneaky Getaway (evens favourite) returned to winning ways following a fine effort in defeat at Galway by outclassing his three rivals in the Assembly Techniques Handicap.

The Emmet Mullins-trained six-year-old had finished a creditable second to Hasanabad over a mile a three-quarters on his previous start and the step up to two miles proved no problem.

Held up in last place for most of the race, he coasted into contention for jockey Danny Mullins, the trainer’s cousin, and quickly asserted to win as he liked, by four and a quarter lengths from Jake Peter.

“He did it very easily. Danny was very good, he picked the best of the ground the whole way around,” said the trainer.

“We made an entry for the English Cesarewitch. He needed a third run here for that. It’s a big pot and he should stay.”

Ronan Whelan completed an across-the-card double on Mark Fahey’s Edification (3-1) in the Hibernian Hotel Tramore Handicap after travelling from Cork where he had scored on Noirvento.

Dermot Weld’s Hazakiyra (7-2) swooped late to take the Ashtown House Stud Irish EBF Maiden while Pearl Warrior (evens favourite) made all in the Perennial Freight Rated Race for trainer Johnny Murtagh and Shane Duffy’s Molly Kaye (4-1 co-favourite) landed the Morris Builders DIY Handicap.

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