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John O'Riordan

John O'Riordan

Door finally opens for He's Leading Me On

Thu 11th Aug 2022, 20:20

He's Leading Me On and Conor McNamara at Tramore
© Photo Healy Racing

Having had the unenviable formline of four runner-up places in succession, He's Leading Me On finally got his turn when easily landing the Mary Hearn Memorial Handicap Hurdle at Tramore.

So often the bridesmaid, there was no doubting his superiority on this occasion as the Leading Light gelding ran out a comfortable winner under Conor McNamara.

Traveling noticeably easy on the run downhill into the straight, McNamara allowed his mount join issue with the leaders, before taking over on the approach to the last.

A good jump at that obstacle ensured the race was in safe keeping, with the jockey merely needing to push the Leslie Young trained winner out to the line.

Winning trainer Young said; "It was overdue but that doesn't make it any easier to win. I'd say he was crying out for that step-up in trip. He got a good ride from Conor who was strong on him.

"Hopefully now he can go on from here. He is in again at Sligo on Wednesday over the same trip and we will see how he is. We will see what he is like in the morning. He might go over fences in the autumn."

Additional reporting by Donal Murphy