Tammys Hill Delights Locals

Wed 26th Dec 2012, 13:21

Liam Lennon trains Tammys Hill
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By Michael Graham
Local-trained Tammys Hill was cheered in to the winners enclosure after taking the opening hunters chase at Down Royal.

The seven-year-old is trained by Liam Lennon and owned by Patsy Smyth from Poyntzpass, Co Down. His son James Smyth did the steering.

“He travelled well the whole time. I took my time and coming to the second last I sent him on. He’s coming to himself and could be a Foxhunters type,” James Smyth said.

The 3/1 second favourite kept up the gallop from the second last to beat 9/4 favourite Salsify by three and a half lengths.

Owner Patsy Smyth added: “We bred him ourselves. He’s a good ‘un!”

It was a further nine and a half lengths back to Merchant Royal in third at 14/1.

In view of another clash between Tammys Hill and Salsify in the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival, bookmaker Stan James goes 10/1 joint favourite (from 12/1) the former and 10/1 joint favourite from 8/1 the latter.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.