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Double Seven successful again at Kilbeggan

Updated: Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 20:50 | Comments

Mark Wash partnered Double Seven to victory
Mark Wash partnered Double Seven to victory

Double Seven showed his liking for Kilbeggan as he completed a splendid summer hat-trick at the course in the feature Hackett's Bookmakers Handicap Chase.

Martin Brassil's seven-year-old (4-1 joint-favourite), running in the colours of JP McManus, landed the Midlands National on his last visit to the County Westmeath track, but was equally at home over this shorter two-and-a-half-mile trip.

He was given a patient ride by Mark Walsh, who closed up in plenty of time to cover Fisher Bridge's run for home, picking him off after the last to win by five and a half lengths.

Sizing Machine looks a useful recruit to fencing for Henry de Bromhead judged on his foot-perfect round in winning the Kieran Kelly Memorial Beginners Chase with plenty of hand.

Andrew Lynch let the five-year-old (11-10 favourite) stride into the lead on the final circuit and he soon had the opposition in trouble, attacking his fences on his way to beating Raajih by 14 lengths.

Ballyspellan Lad popped over a fence while he was being pulled up after a false start ahead of the Joe Cooney Memorial Handicap Hurdle and it certainly did him no harm as he went on to break his duck.

Michelle Gannon's eight-year-old (12-1) led between the final two flights under Paddy Mangan and skipped over the last to beat Formal Bid by five lengths.

Jessie Harrington's 8-11 favourite Cailin Annamh has done little wrong to date and was largely untroubled in taking the Michael Moore Car Sales Mercedes Mares Novice Hurdle, putting the race to bed quickly after the last to win by 10 lengths under Barry Geraghty.

Dessie Hughes, the track's leading trainer, got one on the board when 3-1 favourite Flanagans Field, on his first start over jumps, led going to the second-last in the Betpack (C & G) Maiden Hurdle and powered clear to win by nine lengths in the hands of Roger Loughran.

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