Double Delight for Debromhead and Lynch

Majestic Queen and Pat Smullen winning “The Ballyogan Stakes” GR3 - at Leopardstown

Majestic Queen and Pat Smullen winning “The Ballyogan Stakes” GR3 - at Leopardstown

Henry De Bromhead and Andrew Lynch were the team to follow at Clonmel on Friday evening, combining to complete a 53/1 double on the card.

They opened their accounts in the Family Fun Evening At Clonmel Races Handicap Hurdle when Cordelia Belle (5/1) ground out a hard-fought head victory. Their braces were completed 30 minutes later in the first division of the Go Racing In South East Voucher For Father’s Day Handicap Hurdle when Pierlow battled gamely to come out on top by ½-length.

Pat Smullen took centre-stage at Leopardstown on Thursday, completing a double that included the featured Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes on the Tracey Collins-trained Majestic Queen.

The four-year-old was never far from the lead and having hit the front over a furlong out, she drew away to record a comfortable 2½ lengths victory.

Smullen’s other win came in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden when he steered the Dermot Weld-trained Tombelaine to an authoritative ¾-length victory. The other stakes race on the card, the Listed Glencairn Stakes was won by the Eddie Lynam-trained Colin Keane-ridden Pearl Of Africa.

At Navan on Saturday Rathgormack handler Pat Flynn saddled two horses in the Handicap with Little Sweetheart sent off the 7/2 favourite while Les Darcy started an unconsidered 25/1 shot.

As often happens in the racing the outsider of the two prevailed when he got up close home to score under ten pound claimer Ian Queally.

Venus De Milo and Joseph O’Brien win the Musnter Oaks Stakes (Group 3) Cork

Venus De Milo and Joseph O’Brien win the Musnter Oaks Stakes (Group 3) Cork

Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien was the man in form at Navan teaming up with his son Joseph and daughter Ana to complete a notable family double.

Joseph was the first one to strike when he partnered Dick Whittington to an easy 4¼ lengths victory in the featured Lynn Lodge Stud European Breeders Fund Median Auction Race.

The second O’Brien victory came in the Rotary Club Of Navan Handicap with Ana giving Beyond Brilliance an excellent ride to swoop late and prevail by a neck.

The O’Brien-trained Venus De Milo was the class act on Sunday’s card at Cork and she didn’t disappoint in the featured Group 3 Munster Oaks Stakes. Ridden by Joseph O’Brien, the four-year-old bounced back to her best to record an authoritative 1¼ lengths victory. Pat Smullen took centre stage on the remainder of the card, riding the Reggie Robertstrained Timeless Call to victory in the Listed Midsummer Sprint Stakes and the Willie McCreery-trained Leading Actress to make a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.

The J For Jaguar Handicap Chase was the most valuable contest on Sunday’s card at Downpatrick and it saw the Jimmy Finn-trained Coldstonesober take the spoils. The eight year-old was given a strong ride by Eddie O’Connell to lead on the run-in and score by a length. The pick of the remainder of the action was perhaps the Having The Best Time Ever INH Flat Race and it saw the Gordon Elliott- trained Itchymei’Mscratch make a winning debut by a hard-fought head under Nina Carberry.

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