Sub Lieutenant back in business with Galway triumph

Classy performer was fifth in the Plate earlier in the week

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Sub Lieutenant claimed his first victory in the best part of two years in the SCL Sales Chase at Galway.

The nine-year-old won his first two starts after joining Henry de Bromhead from the now-retired Sandra Hughes in the autumn of 2016, including a Grade Two prize at Down Royal.

He has been campaigned largely at Grade One level since and been placed behind the likes of Un De Sceaux, Fox Norton and Sizing John along the way.

Turning out just four days after finishing fifth in the Galway Plate, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding was the 5-4 favourite for this two-mile-six-furlong conditions event in the hands of Davy Russell and was good value for the winning margin of seven and a half lengths.

The front-running Sandymount Duke boxed on to finish second, with Haymount in third.

British challenger Kalondra was just about to throw down his challenge when suffering a heavy fall three fences from home.

De Bromhead said: “It was a super ride from Davy and hopefully it will give the horse some confidence to get him back to where he was. I thought he ran well on Wednesday, but it’s lovely for him to win one there now.

“He won well, but I think he was entitled to on ratings. The better the ground, the better his chance. He had a tough year last year so it’s great to win one and hopefully we’re back on track again.

“The two-and-half-mile race in Gowran (Gowran Park Champion Chase) may be a bit sharp for him, but there is also a three-mile-one-furlong race at Punchestown in mid-October, so we’ll see.”

De Bromhead completed a quickfire double after Show And Go got up late in the Lord Hemphill Memorial Handicap Chase.

The Willie Mullins-trained mare Listen Dear was a well-backed 9-2 favourite on her first appearance since May of last year and controlled the pace in front for much of two-mile-two-furlong journey.

She looked home for all money rounding the home turn, but tired racing up the hill and 12-1 shot Show And Go swept by late on to score by three and a half lengths under Mark Enright.

De Bromhead said: “It was a super ride from Mark. He’s had a great week and we were delighted to get him. It’s also great for John (Phelan, owner) whose Ornua was caught on the line here on Thursday, so it’s nice for him to get the win.

“He won in Wexford last week and he seems to be in a great vein of form.”

The Jessica Harrington-trained Rovetta (5-1) won for the second time at this year’s Festival in the JPK Fencing Handicap.

The four-year-old was an impressive winner over hurdles on Wednesday and followed up by three-quarters of a length under Colm O’Donoghue.

Harrington said: “She’s my only winner during the week and has won twice.

“She is as tough as old boots and she’s going to have a month rest now and may go to Listowel for a four-year-old hurdle. I don’t think she’ll get in the four-year-old (Lartigue Hurdle) handicap.”

The Fr. Breen Memorial (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race brought the week to a close and 9-10 favourite Dorrells Pierji obliged for Willie and Patrick Mullins to send odds-on backers home happy.

Mullins senior said: “He made hard work of it, but did it nicely in the end. He’s a horse that will go novice hurdling now and stay going for the winter.”

Sub Lieutenant back in business with Galway triumph
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