O'Brien Registers His First Racecourse Double

Thu 21st Feb 2013, 16:59

Left to right, Clashnabrook (eventual 3rd), Mazuri Cowboy (2nd) and Viaduct Joey (winner)
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Midleton native Paul Townend teamed up with one of his local trainers, Terence O'Brien, to credit the Carrigtwohill handler with his first double (at odds of 62/1) on the racecourse proper through the wins of Carhue and Viaduct Joey at Clonmel.

Eight to one chance Viaduct Joey (first-time cheek-pieces) got the better of a three way tussle with Mazuri Cowboy and favourite Clashnabrook (jumped a bit left at the last) in the latter stages. In the end the victorious Traditionally gelding asserted near the finish to triumph by two and a quarter lengths in the Bishop Auckland Theatre Novice Handicap Chase.

O'Brien revealed: "His hurdles form was good – going back to his maiden win at Listowel.

"He had stomach ulcers and fell apart completely. He didn't want to know.

"We nursed him back gently and he might now go for the novice handicap final at Navan over three miles next month." (TW & EM)

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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