McConville off mark in style

Wed 28th Sep 2011, 17:58

photoLeggy Lad (centre) seen winning over hurdles
©Healy Racing Photos
Leggy Lad opened his account over fences in great style when cruising home to give amateur Michael McConville his first racecourse winner.

The 22-year-old from Portadown was partnerning the gelding for his father Stephen and the pair had attracted support from 20/1 this morning into 12/1.

The Denel gelding was handy throughout and moved up sweetly to challenge at the second last.

Long-time leader Yachvili had no answer whenLeggy Lad asserted before the final fence and the winner just had to be shaken up on the run-in to record a cosy six-length victory.

"He's disappointed a few times and has had a few niggly injuries. We were just hopeful of a big run," said the winning rider afterwards.

McConville had previously partnered two winners in point-points.

The winner had been well beaten on his only previous start over fences but had shown ability over timber, including when winning a decent maiden hurdle at Naas.

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