Ludo pedals home to end Lee's time in the freezer.
HAVING been without a winner since July 2008, Cork trainer Andrew Lee came in from the cold when 50-1 shot Ludo Et Emergo caused a shock after making all to win the 2m maiden hurdle under Martin Ferris at Gowran's final meeting of the year.
"I thought he'd run well but I'm slightly surprised he won," admitted Lee, who trains the son of Needle Gun for Dutch native Dr Maria Hinfelaar and her husband Graham Park.
The Newmarket-On-Fergusbased owner, in whose colours Lee's last winner All Sorts Star runs, is president of the Limerick Institute Of Technology and was formerly a professional cyclist.
"She actually cycled back home to Limerick the last time she had a runner here and almost got home in front of her husband, who was driving the car. That's how good she is!" said Lee, who added: "Even the horse is named after a cyclist."
The biggest reward came to those that backed the winner on the Tote, although the fact that he returned 603-1 is fair indication that none, or very few, did.
Sign of things to come? Davy Russell and Ruby Walsh fighting out a terrific finish at the end of the feature novice hurdle might prove a good omen for the remainder of the season regarding the jockeys' championship. One wonders if Russell prevailing by a very narrow margin is a portent of things to come? Make A Track was Russell's mount and the winner was value for more than the head margin of victory over the Walsh-ridden Ceol Rua.
"He's a nice horse but doesn't do a lot in front," explained trainer Charlie Swan, adding: "He's not top class but he'll win his races. We might miss Christmas and go somewhere a bit quieter."
Golanbrook has his day Five winning favourites and two winners at 50-1 and 25-1 made for a strange day in the ring.
One of the better-backed market leaders was the frustrating Golanbrook, who finally had his day under Barry Geraghty in the 2m2f maiden hurdle but almost fell victim to the strong-finishing Are Ya Right Chief, who would have won in another half-stride under Ruby Walsh.
Golanbrook's philosophical trainer Tom Foley said: "The blinkers are a big advantage but might have been a disadvantage in a way because if he could have seen what was happening on the run-in it might have been helpful."
Artic's family affair So many Fahey winners are family affairs and Pride Of The Artic, trained by Peter Fahey, owned by his brother Brendan and ridden by his nephew Mark made all to win the 3m maiden hurdle.
If that wasn't enough, the winning trainer said: "I was worried about running him because his form is in and out, but my wife Ber rides him out and told me he was in great form."
Davy Russell and Make A Track (left) jump the last alongside Ceol Rua and Ruby Walsh
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 16, 2011|
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