Sizzling start continues for Doyle at Mayo track
Crossabeg trainer Liz Doyle continued her sizzling start to the new jumps season by bagging another winner at Ballinrobe last Tuesday evening.
Having his first start under Rules, after two fine runs in point-to-points, Middlebrow landed a 12-1 shock in the concluding Harrington's Concrete Quarries bumper.
Settled off the pace by Ballindaggin rider Barry O'Neill, the five-year-old travelled supremely well and battled grimly to hold off the challenge of 7-1 shot Dounikos and Katie Walsh.
In the end half a length separated the pair with 5-1 chance Slippery Sergeant back in third.
Mayglass man Jamie Codd was on target again at Downpatrick on Friday evening, when steering Shake It Up (2/1f) to victory in the Frank Fitzsimmons Maiden Hunters' Chase.
It continued the fine association Codd enjoys with owners Alan and Ann Potts and the Jim Dreaper yard, but it didn't look likely when Codd and his mount were under pressure two fences from home.
However, Codd powered the jolly over the last fence and they flew up the Downpatrick hill to beat market rival Kilna Shane by six and a half lengths with 16-1 I'm A Izz Wizz back in third.
At the same meeting Jamie's brother, Willie, was celebrating success after Tellthemnuttin (14/1), landed the Strictly At Downpatrick Races Handicap Hurdle.
Trainer Codd praised young 7lb claimer Dylan Robinson afterwards.
He said: 'Her pedigree is nice and obviously we were running her on winter ground and she wasn't handling it. This was the first time she got good ground.
'We put a 7lb claimer on her to give her every chance and she jumped great and travelled. Dylan gave her an absolute peach of a ride, I'm so impressed with the chap. He did everything to instruction. His agent recommended him. That's the first time he has ridden for me.
'I'm delighted for that syndicate (Heads Or Harps Syndicate) as they've had horses with me before and this is their first winner with me.
'We'll keep going for the summer with her. She could come back here. Today was the day, though.'
Getting a horse to win a race at the age of 14 is no mean feat but Blackwater-based Frank McGuinness managed to do it at Limerick on Sunday with the sprightly veteran Blazing Beacon (16/1) who won the Coral.ie Download The App Handicap Chase.
Blazing Beacon had not won for over three years but he rolled back the years, staying on best under Conor Maxwell to beat Line View by three-quarters of a length.
There was double reason for McGuinness to celebrate as he also owns Blazing Beacon who was returned at odds of 16-1.
Adamstown jockey, Jonathan Moore, and Newmarket-On-Fergus trainer John Costello combined to win the handicap steeplechase at Tramore on Wednesday with 100/30-shot Final Gift.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming weeks: Tipperary, Tuesday, May 10 (first race 5.15 p.m.); Naas, Wednesday, May 11 (first race 5.05 p.m.); Tipperary, Thursday, May 12 (first race 5.15 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, May 13 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Kilbeggan, Friday, May 13 (first race 5.35 p.m.); Punchestown, Saturday, May 14 (first race 2 p.m.); Navan, Sunday, May 15 (first race 1.45 p.m.), and Killarney, Sunday, May 15 (first race 2.05 p.m.).