O'Mara off cold list as Lordan doubles-up

Fri 8th Feb 2013, 21:02

photoDenis Of Kerry comes home in front of Massabini (Joseph O'Brien got a 3 day whip ban) and Buccaneer Bob at Dundalk
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Thomond O'Mara got a welcome turn when Denis Of Kerry supplied Wayne Lordan with a Dundalk double (won the first on Khyber Pass) as first-time blinkers saw the seven-year-old break his duck on outing number eighteen in the first division of the Winter Racing At Dundalk Handicap.

Lordan secured the over 70/1 brace by getting the victorious Street Cry gelding to the front in the final hundred yards and he kept on well to beat the front-runner, Massabini (Joseph O'Brien got a 3 day ban for using his whip with excessive force - regulation 10.3(f)) by a length and three parts.

The strong favourite, Buccaneer Bob had every chance but he ultimately had to settle for third. Ben Curtis (got a severe caution) didn't weigh-in after partnering the fifth home, Well Insured, and that one was disqualified.

After greeting his first winner since late August 2011, O'Mara (sold recent winner, Billy Twyford out of the 'points') quipped: "I needed a sat-nav to find the winners enclosure! It's my first winner in Dundalk too.

"He had bits of form going back that gave him a chance. He'll come back here for another one of those." (AM & EM)

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There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

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