Barry Geraghty strikes Gowran gold on Housesofparliament

Leading jockey enjoys double

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The featured Ashgrove Stables Jack Duggan Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Gowran saw Barry Geraghty complete a double aboard 4-1 favourite Housesofparliament.

Owned by JP McManus and trained by Joseph O’Brien, the Galileo gelding collared the pacesetting High Nellie after the final flight to score by a length and three-quarters.

Frank Berry, racing manager for the leading owner, said: “He ran well in Ballinrobe the last day.

“The trip suited him today and so did the fast ground. He jumped really well and we’ll find another race for him somewhere along the way.

“He battled it out well.”

Geraghty initiated his brace aboard Smitty Bacall (9-2), who squeezed between eventual runner-up Zaofu and the third home Judgement Day to prevail by a head and a short-head in the Gain (C & G) Maiden Hurdle

Galway is now in the thoughts of winning trainer Shay Barry.

Sponsor of the aforementioned main event through his Ashgrove Stables, trainer Eoin Doyle was rewarded for his generosity with Ingleby Mackenzie scoring as an 11-2 joint-favourite in the second division of the Whitfield Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Clinic Handicap Hurdle under Sean Flanagan.

Local trainer John O’Shea had his first winner since 2013 when Amschel (8-1) made a winning debut for the yeard in the Kilkenny City & County Vintners Hurdle.

Rachael Blackmore was aboard, and though Amschel’s hurdling could have been better he still got the better of Room To Roam by a length.

“To be honest I can’t take much of the credit for it because I’ve only had him a few weeks,” acknowledged O’Shea.

The season’s leading rider Blackmore doubled her score in the following First Auto Finance Maiden Hurdle on Due Reward (7-1) for Gigginstown House Stud and Henry de Bromhead.

Paul Townend successfully deputised for Bryan Cooper (food poisoning) on 9-4 favourite Chisholm Trail in the opening Kullens Kitchen Thomastown Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The John Brennan-owned and Paul Nolan-trained daughter of Presenting saw off Presentingprincess by a length and a quarter.

Nolan enjoyed a second winner when Wild Desire (20-1) came out on top in the first division of the Whitfield Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Clinic Handicap Hurdle under Dylan Robinson.

There was an horrific looking incident when Ask David slipped up on the flat before two out.

His jockey Martin Burke was taken to hospital for X-rays after suffering suspected broken ribs, according to clerk of the course Val O’Connell.

Barry Geraghty strikes Gowran gold on Housesofparliament
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