Liz Doyle double at local Wexford track

By Dan Walsh

Local trainer Liz Doyle, who trains at Crossabeg on the outskirts of Wexford, was princess of Bettyville Park today where she saddled a double on a fine afternoon.

There was a cracking finish to the second division of the mares maiden race at with Yabo (3/1) getting the better of  the Gordon Elliott trained Westcoast Tiger by a nose, with Sean Flanagan, Robinstown, New Ross, recently back from injury, the winning rider.

“I’m delighted. She is locally trained and locally owned and bred by Ned Power. Ned is just down the road and he is a bit under the weather at the minute. He said he was going to look at it and I’m delighted for him,” said Liz Doyle.

Doyle made it a double with Blaze A Trail (10/1) in the concluding handicap chase ridden by Sean O’Keeffe, Harveytstown, Taghmon, who was nursing an injury during the week. He is having a successful season and he is chuffed at riding winners on his local track.

Gordon Elliott was deprived of a double in the first two races by Westcoast Tiger’s defeat. He was compensated by the success of The Sliding Rock (7/2) in the first division for a three and a quarter length victory under Bryan Cooper.

There was a 40/1 shock winner in Gotthenod for Westmeath trainer Dot Love and jockey Simon Torrens in the handicap hurdle. That put an end to many punter’s winnings!

Four steeplechases on the seven-race card. Wins for Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead and Racheal Blackmore with Paloma Blue (2/1 fav.). Another favourite to triumph was Rapid Response (7/4) for Jessica Harrington and Paddy Kennedy in the beginners’ chase. Father and son team, Sean and Noel McParlan travelled from Newry to win with the family owned and trained Deadheat (7/1) in the three miles and one-furlong handicap chase.

Next races at Bettyville Park takes place next Saturday, September 5th – details here on later in the week – but it will be run ‘behind closed doors’ in line with government guidelines and regulations in regard to Covid-19 restrictions.

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