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Racing: Great day for the Irish

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By ‘Pegs’

FORMER Irish jockey Robbie Downey celebrated St Patrick’s Day a day early, winning the last two races at Kyneton on Thursday.

Downey was aboard Firm As A Rock, paying $26, for Bendigo trainer Graham Donaldson and Handful, $6, for Coral and David Feek in the last race, the Bet365 Protest Promise Handicap over 2837 metres.

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Downey also finished in second place aboard the Feek-trained Estrapaz, $5, in the 1469-metre Bendigo Service Centre Handicap.

Former fellow Irishman John Allen also rode a winning double for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace training duo aboard $2.80 favourite Frose and Lady Of Light, $3.80, giving the Irish riders four winners for the day.

Only two favourites saluted on the eight-race card with local stables shy of the winning post.

Geelong double

Seymour trainer Kate Goodrich and Kyneton horseman Mick Sell saddled up winners at Geelong’s traditional St Pat’s Cup meeting on Saturday.

The former was successful with Too Hard To Handle, $9.50, in the Wilma Kelly Archibald 0-58 Handicap over 1321 metres.

Ridden by Lewis German, the eight-year-old Hard Spun gelding led all the way to defeat Headsmart, $15, by a length, with My Prince Charming, $7, a further half-length away third.

Too Hard To Handle with Lewis German in the saddle a comfortable winner at Geelong on Saturday. ​ Photo: Racing Photos

It has been three years to the week since the gelding’s last win, having now won three races with nine minor placings from his 35 starts, with winnings worth $114,300.

The following race, Sell was successful with the well-backed Mobamba, which shortened from $3.70 to $3.20.

Coming off a half-head defeat at Kilmore eight days earlier, the Stryker four-year-old gelding was patiently ridden by Rhys McLeod to get up in the 1121-metre Ballan Cup – 11th Nov 2023 0-58 Handicap.

The gelding defeated The Turffinator, $17, by a half-head with Hawkestone, $41, a further one and a half lengths away third.

Mobamba has now won two races with three minor placings from his 18 starts.

Coming up

Kilmore Racing Club will host its next turf meeting on Thursday, March 30. For Trackside Bistro or alfresco dining ring the club on 5783 0777.
The next meeting at bet365 Park Kyneton will be on Tuesday, April 4.

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