Double for Roche ahead of 21st celebrations

By Thomas Weekes

Fri 1st Feb 2013, 21:05
La Belle Maison and Leigh Roche
La Belle Maison and Leigh Roche
(Healy Racing Photos)
Jockey Leigh Roche completed a double on his last day as a 20 year old at Dundalk this evening when steering La Belle Maison to win the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap at Dundalk for trainer Willie McCreery.

Roche, who works for Dermot Weld and turns 21 tomorrow, can wake up a few minutes late and be content with his lot tomorrow morning, having been successful on Cookie Crumbles before rewarding favourite backers with 5/4 chance La Belle Maison,.

Afterwards McCreery stated “La Belle Maison had a very bad infection in a hind leg as a two year old and that set her back a year and she didn't really mature the way other horses mature.

“She'll either run again or go straight to stud but I don't think she'll run again. Her owner/breeder is Patrick Burns, of Newlands House Stud, and she is going to be covered by Born To Sea (Sea The Stars' brother).”

Quotes from Michael Graham

Fortune finally favours Cookie

Jockey Leigh Roche will have extra reason to celebrate his 21st birthday tomorrow, having partnered Cookie Crumbles to her maiden win, on her 24th start, in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap at Dundalk this evening.