74 To 1 Dundalk Double For Billy Lee

Fri 9th Nov 2012, 21:02

Khelino (dark green) comes through to beat Coppertop Billy Lee scored in the predominantly jump racing orientated silks of Gigginstown House Stud on Love And Cherish in the 7.30 and an hour later he brought up the double again in colours more associated with the winter game.

In the Joan Sweeney dark green and grey, made famous by champion hunter chaser, Salsify, Lee gave Khelino a patient ride to score in division two of the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Handicap. Best-known as a sprinter, Khelino came with a great run down the centre of track to get up and prevail by half a length from Coppertop.

Joan Sweeney's husband Roger trains Khelino (a winner once previously when landing some tasty wagers at Cork back in 2010).

The Castlelyons, County Cork operator, of course on the mark here recently twice with Raydari, said: "She had no trouble with the trip (first time over a mile). Maybe it was the surface as the last three times she's run it's been on bottomless ground.

"We had different tactics today, coming from behind. Billy gave her a good ride and she'll be back for another race here." (MG & EM)

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