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Ballinrobe: Sammy Black victorious

Updated: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 21:00 | Comments

Danny Mullins steered Sammy Black home in front
Danny Mullins steered Sammy Black home in front

Sammy Black led his rivals a merry dance in the McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase at Ballinrobe.

Despite having just the three starts over fences under his belt, Tony Mullins' six-year-old was sent off the 11-4 favourite and dictated terms to suit himself.

Jumping well in the main, he kicked clear approaching the final couple of fences and accounted for Shamiran by five and a half lengths in the style of an improving chaser.

Kilcarry Bridge (9-1) made a quick and successful reappearance in the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle.

John Ryan's seven-year-old put a couple of chasing spills behind him when scoring over the smaller obstacles at Sligo just six days ago and was bounced out in front by Ryan Treacy.

He had Pyrus Gold Wind for company as they stretched clear heading down the back but soon saw off that rival and when Mrs Mac Veale loomed up at the last, he had enough in reserve to keep going for a four-length call.

Plinth was given more of a race than was expected to justify odds of 1-5 in the McHale Fusion 3 Hurdle.

Aidan O'Brien's smart four-year-old, runner-up in a Grade One at the Punchestown Festival, took up the running a fair way out under Robbie Power, but Ningbo Express emerged as a legitimate threat approaching the turn and Power had to keep the market leader up to his work to score by a length and a half.

Power, O'Brien and owner JP McManus doubled up when 7-4 favourite King Leon ran out a determined one-length winner of the McHale Fusion Vario Maiden Hurdle.

Heading into the McHale F5500 Baler Handicap Hurdle, Lost Book's best effort had come when fourth at this venue two starts ago and although it hardly set the world alight, she was still allowed to go off at just 9-1.

Travelling strongly to tackle favourite Benalex Park entering the straight, she careered away in the hands of Robbie Colgan and beat the staying-on Siobhans Belle by four lengths.

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