Heffernan shines on Flure De Leise; BALLINROBE.
RACE-RIDING at Ballinrobe, especially on the Flat, can be vital and Seamie Heffernan and Chris Hayes both exhibited the way to win races here in the opening two contests on the night.
Fresh from his Classic success at the Curragh on Sunday, Heffernan rode second-favourite Flure De Leise in the opening fillies' maiden for trainer Eamonn Tyrrell, and the daughter of Viking Ruler won with a bit of authority despite the fact that she got first run on favourite Alexander Secret after that one met some trouble in running.
Heffernan kicked on a couple of furlongs out and was always going to be hard to peg back from there.
"She's not a bad filly," said Tyrrell. "Kevin Manning rides her in all her work and said we could take her to Leopardstown, but we thought we could come here for an easy touch and found everyone fancied the second! We've entered her in a Listed race in Germany."
Hayes rode a very similar race in the 1m1f handicap on Ask Jack and it paid similar dividends, getting a length or two before the downhill run into the straight and keeping up that level of advantage, beating Wesaidneveragain by a lengths and threequarters.
"Summer ground is what he wants," said winning trainer Joe Murphy. "We might have one more run on the Flat and then go hurdling. He's schooled at home and is ready to jump."
Appropriate enough therefore that the horse is owned by Tom Howley, one of the pioneers of the EasyFix hurdles.
Having endured the frustration of finishing second in the first two races, Fran Berry enjoyed a comfortable ride in the 2m handicap, as the Charles O'Brientrained Concrete And Clay bolted up, leading a furlong out and drawing clear to beat Alamgiyr by an easy two and a half lengths.
Berry said: "He walked out of the stalls at Wexford last time and never got going over a mile and five. With the tape start today he was always up with the pace."
After the controversy over ground conditions elsewhere over the past few days, the winning rider was quick to praise the staff at Ballinrobe for the ground they produced.
"It's beautiful ground and the staff have done a great job," he said.