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Gary Carson

Gary Carson

Heffernan and O'Brien double up with Life

The Game Of Life and Seamie Heffernan win for trainer Joseph O'Brien and owners Rugby & Racing Syndicate The Game Of Life and Seamie Heffernan win for trainer Joseph O'Brien and owners Rugby & Racing Syndicate
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Seamie Heffernan recorded a quick double for Joseph O'Brien at Dundalk tonight when producing The Game Of Life late on to land the mile handicap on the card.

The lightly raced Oasis Dream gelding was making it two from three at the course having won his maiden on debut, in December, before finishing runner-up to Ahlan Bil Zain here last month.

Heffernan restrained his mount in mid-division before asking him for an effort passing the two furlong pole.

The 13/8 favourite started to take closer order passing the furlong pole and chased down Sevenleft in the closing stages to get up for a three-parts-of-a-length win.

Heffernan said: “He’s a nice horse and a bit of inexperience caught him out the last night. When you get into him in the last furlong he opens up and puts his head down.

“He’s still learning and is getting used to going up Owning Hill so he doesn’t back out at the business end. He has a good attitude and might be a little bit better than a Dundalk horse.”

The winning Rugby & Racing Syndicate includes Irish rugby internationals Fergus McFadden and Keith Earls.

(Quotes by Alan Magee)

1st
13/8Fav
Tote €2.40 €1.02
2nd
0.75L
8/1
€2.60
3rd
1.75L
13/2
€2.20
4th
1.25L
7/1