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Berry's dash from Dundalk worthwhile
ANOTHER rainy Thursday it was at Leopardstown last night, a world away from the sun-drenched Dundalk earlier in the afternoon, but the conditions came all the same for Fran Berry as he followed up a double on the polytrack with victory on the gambled-on Colliding Worlds in the 1m 1f maiden.
It was a pretty impressive success too as she quickened up well for a four length success and kept up trainer Eddie Lynam’s good record for owner Jimmy Long’s Thistle Bloodstock Limited.
“I’ve only one for Jimmy at the moment so we’re still 100%,” said a smiling Lynam afterwards. He added: “Today was the day, I think the owner might have had a few quid on! I don’t know what kind of race it was but we’ll stick her in a fillies handicap now.”
Berry wasn’t the only rider to have winners across both cards. Having won earlier on Ferryview Place for Eoin Griffin and Irish international footballer John O’Shea at Dundalk, Johnny Murtagh had a cross card double in the 1m 4f maiden on a horse named after a former great All Blacks captain.
The fact that Shelford is owned by an Australian, Lloyd Williams, could well be the definition of irony. Murtagh had arrived just in time to see King Of Dudes, trained out of his yard on the Curragh by Tommy Carmody, land the featured 1m 1f handicap.