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Andrew Lynch's hot streak continues with Fiery Oscar win at Listowel

Updated: Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 20:01 | Comments

Andrew Lynch has enjoyed a profitable couple of days at the Kerry track
Andrew Lynch has enjoyed a profitable couple of days at the Kerry track

Andrew Lynch secured another big-race win as Fiery Oscar landed the spoils in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at Listowel.

Fresh from his success aboard White Star Line in Wednesday's Kerry National, Lynch steered home Rodger Sweeney's fast-finishing 12-1 shot.

Miley Shah had made a brave attempt from the front in the two-mile heat while Maxim Gorky looked like taking a hand in the finish until he flattened the penultimate flight and lost valuable momentum.

Blacklough tried to steal the honours kicking for home at the top of the straight but he had no answer to the strong finish of Fiery Oscar, who flew home down the stands side for a two-and-three-quarter-length verdict.

Second place went to Blacklough who just held Pires by a short head in a photo.

Lynch said: "I rode him in Galway and I thought this two miles on soft ground would be ideal for him.

"I was getting a little bit worried as it took a while for him to pick up, but after the last he picked up well.

"It's unbelievable to get these two big wins."

Sweeney added: "That's a grand win, it's grand to win a race anytime. That's his seventh National Hunt win.

"He's improving. This a shorter trip than is ideal for him as he's a two-and-a-half-miler. I was hoping the ground would be sticky to bring the others back to him.

"He's done well for us and it's nice to get this."

Owega Star (11-10 favourite) made it fourth-time lucky over fences with victory in the Kevin McManus Beginners Chase and could now have his sights raised to a higher level.

A Grade Two winner over hurdles, Owega Star had turned in a couple of promising efforts over the bigger obstacles, most recently when second at Kilbeggan.

However, everything fell right this time and while Clonbanan Lad put up a good fight, Owega Star was four and a quarter lengths too good.

Winning trainer Peter Fahey said: "He had a good run the last day and has won round here before so we were pretty confident he would run well. He stays well and is a real galloper.

"He could go to Tipperary at the end of the month for a graded novice chase, then he'll have a bit of a break and we'll freshen him up for a run at Christmas."

Sho Girl ran out a surprise 25-1 winner of the Friends Of Tony Wright Memorial Handicap to cap a memorable afternoon for owners Ballylinch Stud.

Successful earlier on the card with Fulminata, Sho Girl made it a quick-fire double for Ballylinch's homebred pair in the one-mile-six-furlong flat feature.

Declan McDonogh went for home reasonably early aboard the Patrick Prendergast-trained winner, but Sho Girl kept finding in the finish to repel the challenge of veteran Caim Hill by three and three-quarter lengths.

Prendergast said: "I'm very pleased with her as she lost her way a bit. She won an ordinary maiden on dirty ground at Roscommon, but I think yielding is even too quick for her. She wants it up to her garters.

"I took a chance with the mile and six. I wasn't sure she would get the trip, but Declan was and he gave her a very confident ride.

"She's entered at Tipperary over a mile and a half, but will only run if it rains and it would have to be heavy."

Fulminata was making it two wins this week in the Speedy's Bars Moyvane & Ballylongford Handicap after winning a maiden at the track on Monday.

Killian Hennessy claimed a useful 7lb on Jim Bolger's charge and he duly steered home the 5-2 favourite.

Bolger's travelling head lad Ger Flynn said: "It's great to get two wins in a week with her. It's great for Ballylinch Stud as she's a Holy Roman Emperor filly.

"She's a very tough, genuine filly. Killian did everything right on her."

Blackwell Synergy (10-1) emerged victorious in the Devon Inn Hotel Handicap Hurdle while Late Rosebud (9-4) had claimed the opening Tote Jackpot Guarantee Median Auction Maiden.

The Greenville Maiden went the way of Fran Berry and Truly Delightful (12-1).

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