Doyle Doubles-Up On Well-Backed Bridge

Mon 16th Apr 2018, 20:13

Ricky Doyle is all smiles after completing a double on Lacken Bridge
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By Donal Murphy
After winning the fourth on Fourina, Ricky Doyle quickly doubled-up on Lacken Bridge in the 5 Lamps Handicap Chase.

Trained by Colin Bowe, this seven-year-old son of Scorpion was well-supported from early betting shows (16s in a place), opening on-course at 7/1 before going off at 5s.

Toward the head of affairs throughout, he was pressed and headed by Swift approaching two out. However he battled back gamely under pressure, regaining the lead before the last, staying best to score by five and a half lengths.

The aforementioned Swift (8/1) had to settle for second under Mark Enright for John Nicholson, while Night Sir (12/1) was another two and three parts of a length back in third for Simon Torrens and Helen Markham.

Bowe said of the Patrick Farrell owned winner: "He won a couple of point-to-point's but he kind of lost his form then. I said to Ricky if you get good jumps out of him over the first couple you have a chance.

"He handled the ground and has loads of experience. We were hopeful more than confident but he always had the ability to do that.

"He'll go for another handicap chase next. He liked the fences here as they are not that big."

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