Ballochroy heads day of surprises.
A STRING of shock results sent the layers home happy and left the executive at Clonmel today with the added bonus of a EUR22,528 jackpot rollover.
Bookmakers toasted the win of 25-1 shot Ballochroy trained by Dessie Hughes and ridden by Ian McCarthy in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, but the stewards were more interested in an incident before the second-last.
Nicky O'Shea was forced through the running rail on Charminamix by Slapper, whose jockey Adrian Joyce was handed a ten-day ban for dangerous riding and ordered to forfeit his riding fee. Slapper was disqualified.
Leggy Lad, owned and trained by Stephen Crawford, sprang a 16-1 surprise in the 2m3f maiden hurdle when he held off Taking Stock, who could have provided owner JP McManus with a 59th birthday present.
Katie Walsh teamed up successfully with John Coleman's 14-1 shot Hoochie Mama in the Sallins Handicap Hurdle and Double Double, owned and ridden by Paul McMahon, won the second bumper. at 20-1. Any interest in the jackpot was already over when Willie Mullins sent out 5-1 chance Cottrelsbooley to win the other bumper in the hands of his son Patrick.
Star performance Patrick Mullins who sent Cottrelsbooley straight into the lead and the pair never looked back in the bumper Quote of the day "It felt fine and a lot better than it did a few weeks ago for sure" - Paul Carberry after returning to action Results and analysis, page 87