Dundalk & Banna Boirche love story continues
Victory number eight on the board for Banna Boirche (nearside). Elusive Ridge & Billyford in picture too
(Healy Racing Photos)
In gaining his eight win at the Dowdallshill venue, Banna Boirche got there late under Foley (his sixth win on the Lucky Owners-sired gelding) to catch and pass the front-running Elusive Ridge by a neck. Billyford didn't get a clear run in the final furlong and finished a further length back in third.
Things didn't go right for the gamble of the contest Lightening Stricks (9/1 this morning into 11/4) and he faded into seventh whilst Vastitas was injured at the stalls and that 10/1 chance had to be withdrawn.
"We may try him on grass now on fast ground over a mile and see if we can break his duck on grass." (AM & EM)
"They went very slow and I just got there. It turned into a bit of a sprint but I always thought I was getting there," remarked Joseph O'Brien having completed an over five and a half to one double aboard Ahimsa in the Crossmaglen All-Ireland Champions Maiden at Dundalk.