70/1 Cork Brace For Lee

Fri 19th May 2017, 21:05

Billy Lee and his many supporters were smiling again
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Billy Lee rode two nice winners on this card at Cork as his mount The Last Marju defied top-weight in style in the concluding Social Package Handicap.

Lee, earlier a winner on Patuano for Willie McCreery, here pulled on the Wicklow Brave colours of Wicklow Bloodstock (Ireland) Ltd on the Denis Cullen-trained The Last Marju.

At the end of this ten furlong event The Last Marju was a convincing four and a half lengths to the good from second placer, Crafty Codger, prompting Cullen to say: "He has progressed well and his first run was when beaten in a smart enough sort of race here, and the form of that race has worked out pretty well.

"He was a bit gassy at Punchestown and I think the whole event got to him and he ran out of steam.

"Hopefully he'll progress again but mentally he still needs to grow up a bit. We'll see what is coming up for him but he does hurdle well and could go back over hurdles now and mix it for the summer."

S.Foley, rider of Stadius trained by Miss Evanna McCutcheon, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a respiratory noise in the straight.

(TW & EM)

A Very Special Hunter Chase indeed

Nobody thought we'd be talking too long about the Downpatrick hunter chase after the event. However maybe its name gave a clue of what was to come as the Very Special-titled two and three quarter miler was drama filled.

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