De Bromhead & Lynch Scoop Up Novice

Sun 9th Dec 2012, 13:29

Two Scoops and Andrew Lynch at Punchestown
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By Alan Magee
“He was supposed to win at Galway but I think that makes up for it!” said Henry De Bromhead after teaming up with stable jockey Andrew Lynch to take the Listed INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle with Too Scoops.

The five-year-old gelding is owned by the Dumb Dumb Syndicate, a group of Paddy Power Bookmaker employees, and apparently the syndicate name is derived from a cocktail which “helps you get through the week at Galway!”

Rory O’Moore took up his customary role in front but, after a number of sketchy jumps, was headed by the 6/1 winner approaching the second last.

Balnaslow was soon in trouble following a mistake at this point, Andrew Lynch’s mount kept on well in the straight to account for Rory O’Moore by three and a half lengths.

Captain Arceus was a further six and a half lengths adrift in third, withp>Balnaslow in fourth.

A lot of interest was removed from this two-mile event beforehand with the absence of likely favourite Waaheb (off feed) as well as Shrapnel (lame) and Foxrock (overreach).

De Bromhead said, “He jumped brilliant, although Andrew said he was off it going across the bottom. They went some gallop.

“He’s entered in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown but we’ll see what the lads want to do.”

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

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