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.