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Mountain gets champion rider Macmahon off mark as trainer: Thurles.

Byline: Reporter: Tony O'Hehir

CLARE MACMAHON got off the mark as a trainer when Brandon Mountain landed the three-year-old maiden hurdle by a neck under Robbie McNally - and it was a win she claimed could not have come at a better time.

Based at Kilmessan in County Meath, Macmahon, who was champion lady point-to-point rider in Ireland last season, said: "I've been training for the past five years, but it's been mainly point-to-points.

"I'm running Takagi in the Velka Pardubicka in the Czech Republic. I've ridden three racecourse winners and training my first winner on the track today is a nice confidence booster."

Another trainer to enjoy his first racecourse success was Martin Joyce, whose Carrick Dante landed the two-and-a-half-mile novice hurdle by three lengths under Conor O'Dwyer.

Joyce, who is based near Mullingar, said: "I've had a point-to-point winner but this is my first on the track. Carrick Dante wasn't bought until he was six and he was plagued with injury for three years. A lot of credit has to go to vets P aul Traynor and John Stafford, who put a lot of work into sorting him out."

Steve Mahon landed a double when 16-1 shot Impartial took the mile-and-a-half maiden for threeand four-year-olds by two lengths under Colm O'Donoghue and 12-1 chance Le Caro, ridden by P addy Flood, held Champion Gold by a short head in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

A hurdle winner at the same track in February, Impartial will go back hurdling, according to Mahon, who said: "He had a break and we freshened him up for today's race.

He'll go back over hurdles and should pay his way."

Buying and training to sell on is Eddie Hales's game, and the loquacious one achieved a first when Public Reaction sprang a surprise in the two-mile conditions Flat race, winning by a head under Wayne Lordan. The seven-year-old had shown promise in bumpers, but, according to his trainer, a problem with a leg rendered him "unvettable".

This win was Hales's first on the Flat and his first of any description for some time. "I've got grey hairs since I last spoke to you chaps here [in the winner's enclosure]," Hales said.

Michael Hussey rode out his claim in the first division of the apprentice handicap on the Pat Martin-trained Sinn Time. Hussey thought he had lost his 3lb allowance when winning on Fayr Star at Galway this month and celebrated accordingly, only to learn his win in an Arab race at The Curragh last year did not count and that he needed one more winner.

Cheyenne Star and Declan McDonogh struck for Frances Crowley in the two-year-old maiden, beating Nevada Range, trained by Crowley's father, Joe, while Shane Gorey took the second leg of the apprentice handicap on Michael Grassick's Little Nymph. Star performance Trainer Steve Mahon for his double with Impartial and Le Caro
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2005
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