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Sligo connections savour Leopardstown success
THE Browne family from Sligo have been involved in the sport for many decades and Edric Browne's black and blue hooped colours and red cap were carried to victory in the 7f two year old maiden when the Niall Moran-trained Don’t Bother Me followed up on two decent placed efforts to win in good style by two-and-three-quarter lengths under Rory Cleary.
Browne recalled: "Golden Rapper, who was owned by my father, Ted, won the Leopardstown Chase here in the same colours in 1976. "
Regarding plans for Don’t Bother Me, a son of Dark Angel, Moran said: "He had a good chance tonight after being placed behind to smart horses on his first two starts and we might look for a race in England for him next."
After Zariyna had made it two wins in a row in the 1m 1f fillies handicap her trainer Michael Halford said: "We entered her for the Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park on Wednesday and we'll have a look at the race and see how she is after tonight's win before deciding if she will run.
"She's progressive and takes her racing well. She's also learning to settle better in her races and that is a big help."
Ross Coakley, 17, rode his seventh winner of the season when partnering 12-1 shot Dream Applause to a short head win in to a short head win in the 6f three year old and upwards fillies maiden.
"She had a bit to find on ratings but she was well drawn and liked the turning track. Ross's 7lb claim also helped," trainer Ken Condon said of the winner who made virtually all to hold the favourite Via Ballycroy.