O'Dwyer Gets Competitive With McCoy's Help!

Sun 27th Jan 2013, 16:45

Whips are up! Competitive Edge (left) and Quartetto
©Healy Racing Photos
By Thomas Weekes
Trainer Conor O'Dwyer gained an overdue win when his J.P. McManus owned Competitive Edge landed a gamble to win the Sandyford Handicap Chase at Leopardstown today, benefitting from a well timed ride from Tony McCoy.

McCoy waited until the extended run-in to mount his challenge and only forced Competitive Edge's (8/1 in the morning into 100/30f) head in front near the line for a head win over Quartetto, with the winner's stablemate Uncle Tom Cobley back in third.

O'Dwyer was a relieved man after the result was called saying “that's my first winner since last May (Mac Tigue at Cork on May 25 2012). We've been knocking on the door and it's not as if they have been running that badly but I must admit I wasn't that confident passing the line and I was thinking 'here we go again'!

“I'm thrilled that he won – he is still a bit of a frame and should improve again next year.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

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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