Tom Weekes

Tom Weekes

Russell steers Leopardstown winner for surgeon O'Sullivan

Mon 4th Mar 2019, 14:09

Kilbarry Lilly
© Photo Healy Racing

Principal jockeys' surgeon Tadhg O'Sullivan saw his colours carried to success at Leopardstown today as his Kilbarry Lilly landed the opening Kids Go Racing Mares Maiden Hurdle under Champion Jockey Davy Russell.

Russell later joked about feeling pressure to win on the O'Sullivan-owned mare but had produced the five year old with typically perfect timing, as Kilbarry Lilly went clear of her rivals on the run-in to beat Sunrise Lady by four and a half lengths.

Waterford based winning trainer Con O'Keeffe later said “she's a home-bred filly and is by Classic Cliche, who we used to stand. They generally want nice ground so we were afraid the ground was gone for her but it worked out.

“We'll probably look for a mares novice race now. We'll see how she comes out of the race.”

Quotes from Gary Carson