With Aintree capturing the attentions of the horse racing world across the water, Kildare jockey Robbie Downey was busy enhancing his already growing reputation at home with a double at Dundalk Racecourse tonight, Friday 8th of April.
With no runner in the opening race, Downey entered the action in the second where he partnered the Edward Lynam trained ‘Mega Lady’ to victory in the Bet & Watch at titanbet.co.uk Handicap over the minimum 5 furlongs. The 7/2 shot beat the 6/4fav Go Kart into 2nd place by 1&3/4 lengths, with Strategic Force a further head back in 3rd. Coincidentally Downey had ridden Go Kart to victory in two of his six rides previously.
Downey doubled up for the night in the 8:30 onboard course specialist ‘Poitin’ at the very attractive odds of 8/1. The Keith Clarke trained 6-year-old beat Ancient Sands by 3 lengths into 2nd place, with Carried a further nose back in 3rd. It was Poitin’s 5th course win, tonight’s victory coming over 1m,4f. Once again there were jubilant scenes after the race from Poitin’s owners, the Phoenix Bloodstock Syndicate.
Winning trainer Clarke said after the race; “I thought off 78 (rating) she might be caught out but she proved me wrong once again. She will probably venture into black-type company and see if she’s capable. She’s after winning five for me and is entitled to have a go but it will have to be on good ground. I’m still adamant that she will ho hurdling as she jumps well. I have to give a special mention to Kenny McCrossan who rides her at home and who was adamant that she was the best she has been all season”.
Poitin had been the gamble of the day, going from her 16/1 morning price into 7/1 before drifting slightly back out to 8s just before the off.
Clarke later added; “That was lovely. She improves every time we come back. In a better class of race they went a good gallop the whole way and she got a lovely run”.
- Downey’s double would have landed you odds of 40/1.