Everest’s November win completes weekend double

Martin-Breslin partnership strike again

  • Sunday 04 November
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Mr Everest completed a big weekend double for trainer Tony Martin and owner John Breslin with victory in the Daragh Fitzpatrick And Colm White Local Bookmakers November Handicap at Naas.

Martin and Breslin enjoyed a lucrative success with Golden Spear in a handicap hurdle at Down Royal on Saturday.

Golden Spear was also declared for this 100,000 euro Flat handicap, but was one of three non-runners – which allowed first reserve Mr Everest to make the final field.

The money came for the the five-year-old, and he was sent off a 7-1 co-favourite of three in the hands of veteran jockey John Egan.

Mr Everest travelled well in behind the leaders before hitting the front inside the final two furlongs – and he found plenty for pressure to emerge victorious by a length and a half.

Martin said: “He’s a lovely horse and is improving all the time. He won in Listowel and ran well in Navan – where he came from a fair bit back. He was a little unlucky then, but all went well today.

“He’s versatile and can go back over hurdles. He wouldn’t want real heavy winter ground, but I’d say we’ll find a race for him at Leopardstown over Christmas because his owner will be over then. He’s still a maiden over hurdles.

“He’s a big, lean, weak horse and has taken a while to come to hand – so we won’t be over hard on him. He’s after paying for his oats for a while!”

Reflecting on two successful days, he added: “It’s been a good weekend, and things have gone right for a change. They weren’t going right for long enough, so it’s grand.

“It brightens up the winter.”

Exchange Rate fared best of nine runners for Willie Mullins, in second.

The Charles Byrnes-trained Wonder Laish was a close-up third ahead of another Mullins runner, Pleasure Dome, in fourth.

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