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Blue Ridge Lane claims Tramore victory

Updated: Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 21:10 | Comments

Blue Ridge Lane claimed an impressive win at Tramore
Blue Ridge Lane claimed an impressive win at Tramore

John McConnell provided half the field in the four-runner Assembly Techniques Weekend Jolly Handicap at Tramore and won the four-horse race with the front-runner Blue Ridge Lane.

Well beaten on three previous visits to the track, the eight-year-old was sent off a 7-2 chance and appeared to have it all to do with the Willie Mullins-trained evens favourite Shamar in the contest.

However, though the market leader appeared to have the move covered when Shane Foley stepped up the pace from the front, he could make no impression in the closing stages and Blue Ridge Lane won by two and a half lengths.

There were no such alarms for supporters of the champion jumps trainer in the Bet Online At thetote.com Handicap when Clondaw Warrior, the 8-11 favourite on his first start for the yard, demolished the opposition to win by eight lengths under Billy Lee.

Hopes of a double for Mullins and Lee disappeared when the front-running favourite Wood Breizh was collared deep inside the final furlong of the Dan Cowman Memorial Handicap by Gordon Elliott's Knight's Parade (10-3), who won by two and three-quarter lengths under Wayne Lordan.

The jockey initiated a double in the Style Evening At Tramore Races Maiden on David Wachman's Hurricane Volta (3-1), but the race was marred by separate falls for Chris Hayes on Columbanus and Our Pearl's claiming rider Karen Kenny, who was airlifted to hospital.

Wachman also won the Online Photo Printing At brennanspharmacy.ie Rated Race with the Fran Berry-ridden An Fear Ciuin (9-4 joint-favourite), who led a quarter of a mile out going strongly and soon asserted to beat Bogardus by eight and a half lengths.

Coolfighter won a claimer for Tony Mullins at the track on Thursday and having switched to local handler Noel Dooly, he quickly followed up in the Blue Moon Still Rising Rated Race.

Beau Michael was sent on a long way out but didn't seem to be enjoying things and had no answer when the 9-4 favourite swept past going to the final furlong, and Seamie Hefferan's mount beat Days Ahead

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