Paul Nolan’s Shawshank, (13/8 fav.) gained compensation at Bettyville Park today when he went clear in the straight and extended his winning margin to 11 lengths under Bryan Cooper in the Slaney Maiden Hurdle.
Two weeks ago 0ver the same track Shawshank jumper the penultimate flight with a six lengths, but then verred to his right and unseated Cooper in dramatic fashion.
Afterwards the Enniscorthy trainer said; “We don’t know what happened him the last day, maybe it was the big screen that caught his eye. I was delighted with how he hurdled the last day and he never missed a beat today. Bryan was very pleased with the way he quickened up again coming down the hill and went away.”
Gordon Elliott’s Dinons, (4/5 fav), who ran at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, put in an excellent performance in the Barrow Novice Chase to win by one and a half lengths under Davy Russell for Dublin owner, Tim O’Driscoll.
Dinons was put under pressure by Victoria Bay, owned by Rich and Nora Furlong of Adamstown, trained at Kiltealy by Colin Bowe and Barry O’Neill took the mount.
The only other local success came in the Three Rocks Mares Maiden Hurdle where Minx Tiara, (11/2) was driven home by two and a quarter lengths for Kilkenny trainer, David O’Brien.
The day’s Tote aggregate was €95,228 compared with €70,822 last year.
The next fixture at Bettyville Park is on Wednesday evening, June 19th.