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Wexford: Double puts smile back on Rothwells face.

Byline: Reporter: Michael Clower

PHILIP ROTHWELLgave himself a moral and statistical boost with an 186-1 double courtesy of Amorini and Another Notice.

The Tinahely trainer had been languishing uncomfortably close to the bottom of the table with just four winners all season. But he was understandably all smiles by the time he left the course.

Amorini is a half-brother to Lord Noelie with an unusual patch on his stomach to match his four white socks, but there was nothing untoward about the way he galloped and jumped in the handicap chase. He cruised home without Johnny Allen having to move a muscle.

Rothwell said: "I bought him on the same day as I purchased Black Apalachi who goes for the Paddy P ower Chase. I didn't put Amorini in that race because I thought he wouldn't be rated high enough and he got a bit of leg trouble after his last run at Limerick."

Front-running tactics were also adopted with Another Notice in the four-year-old maiden hurdle to give Jason Fortune, 23, his first winner since turning pro a month ago. Fortune is a second cousin of Flat race jockey Jimmy.

John Cullen also had a double, getting up to score on Fox Point in the two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap hurdle and leading with over a circuit to go on easy winner Coljon in the beginners' chase.

Grapevine Sally drifted ominously from 4-7 to evens in the bumper but Kevin Power's mount won as she liked and wrapped up the course's leading trainer award for Edward O'Grady.

Tom Taaffe's Beautiful Vision made short work of the opposition in the novice hurdle in the hands of Shane McGovern.

Taaffe said: "We like this horse. He both jumped and travelled professionally and, although we have no specific plans, he will run again at Christmas."

Robbie Osborne went for the opportunity handicap hurdle with Long Journey mainly because the capable Davy Maher was allowed to claim 4lb. The 28-year-old has been with Osborne for nearly five years and this was his eighth success.

the day at a glance

Star performance Coljon, who won as if he is capable of going on to better things despite a bowed tendon that kept him off for two years Brrrr The arctic conditions extended to the press room which had no heating. It was the same cold story at Gowran Park on Saturday Surprise of the day "I didn't think we would get anywhere up against Homer Wells and Teeming Rain but he jumped well" - Paul Nolan on Coljon m Results and analysis start page 73
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2005
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