By Dan Walsh
Good, yielding in places, was the order of the ground at Bettyville Park this afternoon where an eight-race card was run off in overcast conditions behind closed doors in line with Covid-19 protocol and guidelines.
Local success was scarce; however, the second division of the handicap chase saw Sean O’Keeffe, Taghmon, score on Black Sumari (9/2) chased home by Paul Nolan’s Emir De Rots with Jordan Gainford in the saddle and coming home in third place was Sean Flanagan on Hollybank King.
The Walsh family from Ballyday, Gorey, who had a memorable week at the Punchestown Festival enjoyed another sweet victory with Singing Banjo (11/4 jt-fav.) ridden by Barry Walsh and trained at Tinahely by Philip Rothwell.
Owned by John Walsh, Singing Banjo won both the Ladies Cup and the La Touche Cup in the same week at the recent Punchestown festival, which was an outstanding achievement.
The formidable team of Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead have a good strike rate at Bettyville Park, and they kept the momentum going today with an eight lengths success for the front running Gin On Lime in the novice chase.