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Spruce Meadows back to winning ways

Sat 31st Aug 2019, 16:24

Spruce Meadows and Ben Coen come home in front
© Photo Healy Racing

Spruce Meadows won his first race in over two years when running out the well-backed victor of the Weatherbys General Studbook Handicap at Down Royal.

A good servant to owner Ann Cassidy and trainer John Feane, this was a sixth success all told for the Intikhab gelding.

Ben Coen triumphed on his first attempt aboard the six-year-old, the 7/2 market-leader getting the upper hand on other fancied runners, Severus Alexander (9/2) and Mallacoota (9/2).

Two lengths and the same split them.

"A little bit of soft ground helped him because he is getting a little bit older," said Feane.

"He was entitled to win down in that grade. He ran well in Leopardstown.

"We'll see what the handicapper does."

The Stewards fined C. Moore, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Mister Dancer, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Mister Dancer in accordance with the provisions of Rule 90.

S. Foley, rider of Mallacoota, trained by Mrs John Harrington, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount leaned right the whole way.

(MG & EM)