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Report | Loughanmore 18th May 2019

The Tattersalls Ireland four-year-old mares’ maiden saw Jamie Codd get the afternoon off to the best possible start by recording the opening leg of a three-timer aboard the Denis Murphy-trained newcomer Movin'on Up and the Co Wexford native duly won the northern title for the fourth time, concluding the campaign with 18 winners in the region.

The patiently-ridden winner came from well off the pace in this 13-runner contest to go second behind Aprils Joy on the approach to the final fence.

With Aprils Joy erring here, the winning daughter of Milan made her way to the fore on the flat to eclipse Tony Martin's charge by a widening three lengths.

Owner/trainer Murphy, who also paid tribute to the committee for their watering efforts, said of his €20,000 acquisition at last year's inaugural Fairyhouse May sale: " She's a tough lady, we will go the sales with her now."

Jamie Codd partnered his second winner of the afternoon aboard Denis Murphy's Jeremy Sunshine in the Connollys Red Mills five-year-old geldings’ maiden.

The white-faced Jeremy Sunshine avenged his second-placed effort on his previous start at Broughshane a fortnight earlier by powered to the front on the run to the final fence.

It was all plain sailing thereafter as the son of Jeremy, bought by Ramsgrange-based owner Anthony Ryan as a foal, swept clear to contain Largy Nights by five lengths.

"I was disappointed that he got beaten on his previous two start and he really deserved to win," said Murphy of Jeremy Sunshine.

The Gordon Elliot-trained Kruzhlinin has really taken to life between-the-flags and the German-bred, a former eight-time track winner in Britain, recorded the first of his two weekend victories by bringing up the Jamie Codd hat-trick in what was a vintage renewal in the Houston Coachworks Open.

Kruzhlinin, having finished second on his two previous starts at Fairyhouse and Necarne, arrived from mid-division to master long-time leader Mount Colah on the run to the final fence to score by four lengths.
Owner Camilla Sharples said: "I ride him out myself every day at home and I knew that he was right coming here. The ground was also right for him and he really is a fantastic horse."

Donnchadh Doyle is experiencing a terrific run with his youngsters at present and the Monbeg Stables operator was on the mark with newcomer Kakamora in the opening division of the Dennison Commercials Ltd four-year-old geldings’ maiden.

The winner bounced out smartly at the head of affairs and he gave a assured round of fencing in front with Rob James before asserted on the run to the last and duly accounted for promising first-timer Timberman by three lengths.

"He's a smart bit of a horse that's a great mover and Rob was very happy with him," said Doyle of the Monbeg Stables-owned gelding.

The second division of the the Dennison Commercials Ltd four-year-old geldings’ maiden saw Timberman's handler Stuart Crawford went one better with Largy Fix in this contest.

The Bosses Oscar appeared the most likely winner once going to the front after two-out. Largy Fix was however alive to the move and the son of Notnowcato, who was held when falling two-out in Evander's Taylorstown maiden three weeks earlier, mastered The Bosses Oscar on the run to the final fence to score by four lengths under his handler's brother Ben.

"He got a novice fall in Taylorstown and he ideally wants a galloping circuit. He will now go to a sale now," said the winning handler of Largy Fix, owned by Raymond Scullion and Martin McGroggan from Portglenone.

Meep Meep Mag booked her passage to next week's Tattersalls Ireland sale at Cheltenham by recording an authoritative success in the Glenpatrick Horseboxes five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden under her handler John Murphy's son Luke Murphy.

The winner was in a prominent position throughout and she stylishly picked up the running after two-out en-route to dismissing Drumreagh by five lengths.

"She's a nice mare that was bought at the August sale. She worked very well with Bloodstream recently," said handler Murphy, who owns the Getaway-sired Meep Meep Mag with his wife Miriam.

The Fleet Financial older maiden for novice riders saw the David Christie-trained Pyrios, owned by bookmaker Ray Nicholas who was amongst the 19 layers standing at the meeting, win the final race of the season in the northern region by attaining due reward for two recent placed efforts in the hands of James Kenny.

The French-bred Pyrios, who was placed third in a two mile five furlong Wincanton handicap hurdle for former handler Philip Hobbs in May of last year, arrived from off the pace to overtake long-time leader Doran The Legend on the run to the final fence.

The successful gelding then came home with five and a half lengths to spare over Doran The Legend, the pair being the only finishers.

"He's a horse that has always worked well. He will improve for a summer's grass and he could go for the hunters chase at Downpatrick before we leave him off," said Christie.

Handler David Christie was fined €1,000 and Pyrios disaqualified at a referral in the headquarters of the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board (IHRB).

It was revealed that Pyrios had tested positive for a substance above the permitted threshold following his victory in the Fleet Financial six-year-old geldings’ maiden for novice riders at the East Antrim point-to-point in Loughanmore last May.

The blood sample was found to contain lidocaine, a prohibited substance, at a concentration exceeding the International Screening Limit for the drug.

Following the disqualification, the Jordan Gainford-ridden Doran The Legend from the Paul Pierce stable was awarded the race.

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