Orr at the double in Sligo

Tuesday, May 21 2019

Oisin Orr continued his excellent start to the new season, registering a double at Sligo.

The young apprentice, who still claims 3lb, was first successful on Olay Power in the second divide of the www.countysligoraces.com Handicap.

The Eddie Lynam-trained bay was returned at 9-2, and having raced in second, she improved to lead with just over a furlong to go.

Isle Of Shadows, the well-backed 6-4 favourite, soon threw down a challenge, but the winner was not for passing, with half a length separating the pair at the line.

“On her work at home, she wasn’t a superstar, but she worked okay. She ran like a drain the last couple of times though and I don’t know why,” said Lynam.

“If she repeated her homework we thought we’d be very close given where we were drawn. Thankfully it worked out.

“She’s out of a half-sister to the dam of Sole Power. She’s no Sole Power but it’s nice to have something from the family still to go.”

Orr completed his near 20-1 brace on The Names Jock in the Sligo Races Hospitality Handicap.

Having disappointed at Cork on his last start, the John Kiely-trained chestnut was expected to make amends this evening, and was sent off a well-backed 11-4 favourite.

Owned by Brian Gleeson, of ITV Racing and RTE Racing fame, the Famous Name three-year-old got to the front just inside the furlong pole, and powered to the line from there, coming home four and a quarter lengths to the good.

“He’s an improving horse I think. I was hoping the ground was going to be as good as it was as he wouldn’t like it if it was firm,” said Kiely.

“Hopefully he might win another one and then we’ll give him a chance and go hurdling. He’ll make a nice hurdler.”

Lincoln was another winning favourite to oblige, as he made all under Rory Cleary in the opening O’Hehir’s Bakery Claiming Race.

A five time winner in the UK for Mick Channon, the eight-year-old was bought by owner James McAuley for just £800 at Goffs last October.

Sent off at 11-10, the Denis Hogan-trained bay was pushed along a furlong and a half from home, and kept on well in the closing stages to register a comfortable three and three-parts of a length success.

Honor Oak was another to boss it from the front, as she recorded her sixth career victory in the Kilcawley Construction Handicap.

Returned the 11-4 favourite, the Tom Hogan-trained seven-year-old had a length and a quarter to spare at the finish, with Billy Lee partnering the likeable grey victor.

The Last Marju (8-1) took the Martin Reilly Mazda Handicap, with Mark Gallagher aboard this versatile seven-year-old for Denis Cullen.

Last seen finishing third in the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase at Tipperary in October, the son of Marju is set for a return to fences in the near future.

“I’m delighted with that performance, he did it really well,” said Cullen.

“We’ll probably go to Listowel now for a handicap chase down there. We’ll have a look at that for him and then pick our way through the summer.”

Pleasurable (10-3 favourite) took the second divide of the www.countysligoraces.com Handicap under Shane Foley for Jessica Harrington, while the Andy Oliver-trained Lumsden was a surprise 20-1 winner of the Foleys Bar & Off Licence Sligo Median Auction Maiden.

The concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden, was won by A Wave Of The Sea, with this Joseph O’Brien-trained 7-2 chance making all under Shane Crosse.

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