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Mahrajaan ends drought in Killarney

Updated: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 22:13 | Comments

Mahrajaan ends drought in Killarney

Mahrajaan brought a near-three-year drought to an end with victory in the Bourn Vincent Memorial Handicap Chase at Killarney.

Charles Byrnes' veteran has acquitted himself well on the level this summer but the obstacles looked like proving his undoing when he made a bad blunder down the far side.

Phillip Enright gave the 7-1 shot time to find his feet again, however, and he came through to lead between the last two before fending off the renewed challenge of front-runner Nearly Nama'd by a length.

Stay De Night made it two wins from as many starts in the Dermot O'Leary Memorial Rated Race.

Dermot Weld's three-year-old landed the odds on his Limerick debut and was sent off the 6-4 favourite to follow up, which he did by a couple of lengths from Strait Of Zanzibar thanks to a telling turn of foot at the furlong marker.

Blackstone (9-4) set sail for home before the two-furlong pole in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and although Elusive Lawrence loomed up seemingly travelling better, the Ballydoyle colt found more for pressure to score by half a length.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien followed up when El Salvador (4-7) landed the odds in the SeanieMac.com (QR) Race, although he had to work harder than many expected.

Jockey Sarah O'Brien made use of his proven stamina and he responded to all of her urgings to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Rayna (7-4 favourite) is thriving at present and backed up last week's Leopardstown triumph under a penalty in the Ross Golf Course Handicap.

There was a good field assembled for the Christy McSweeney Memorial Novice Chase and it went the way of Alelchi Inois.

The 5-4 favourite was helped by the penultimate fence-fall of Bally Longford, who brought down Cailin Annamh, and Willie Mullins' six-year-old accounted for Royal Ascot winner Domination.

Andrew Lynch was stood down with a wrist injury so Barry Geraghty picked up a lucky spare on Fort George (6-1), who took the MC Group Handicap Chase.

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