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Kevin Manning notches half-century at Navan

Updated: Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 19:06 | Comments

Kevin Manning and Loch Garman turned over odds-on favourite Indian Chief in the second race on the card
Kevin Manning and Loch Garman turned over odds-on favourite Indian Chief in the second race on the card

Kevin Manning was seen at his best when notching his 50th winner of the season on debutant Loch Garman (6-1) in the Irish Tote Betting Now Available In Paddy Power Shops Maiden at Navan.

Jim Bolger's Teofilo colt took it up with two furlongs to travel and he quickened smartly to keep the strong-travelling Indian Chief two and a quarter lengths at bay.

Dermot Welds' 16-1 chance Storm Lightning got off the mark on his first try over the minimum trip in the Tote Pick Six Apprentice Handicap.

Lining up on the back of three creditable efforts over six and seven furlongs, Leigh Roche bagged the rail around a furlong out and although top-weight Possible loomed large close home, the winner held on by a length.

Roca Tumu (16-1) upset the odds-on favourite Morga in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

Joanna Morgan's juvenile could be seen swinging on the bridle entering the straight but he appeared to idle after being sent to the front by Billy Lee.

Morga rallied, closing the gap on the run to the line, but Roca Tumu hung on to score by a short head.

Ben Curtis got a fine tune out of Jackemil in the www.totegoracingclub.com Handicap.

John Walsh's Bachelor Duke filly struck on similarly testing ground at Listowel in September and recaptured the winning thread with a determined length-and-a-half defeat of The Alarm Clock.

The Tote Jackpot Races 3 To 6 Nursery Handicap went to Daniel O'Sullivan's recent Curragh scorer Lake Louise, who doubled up under Wayne Lordan at odds of 9-1.

Lordan was also on the mark with Valbucca (4-1 joint-favourite) for William McCreery in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap.

The concluding Tote Return All Profits To Irish Racing Handicap went the way of Face Value (10-1).

Defying a 7lb rise in the ratings for winning at Tramore earlier in the month, Ian Brennan's mount saw off The Four Elms by a neck.

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