Downey Powers His Way Through At Fairyhouse

Captain Power (with Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey onboard) justified 9/4 favourtism to come through the eye of a needle and win the featured six furlong handicap at Fairyhouse yesterday.
 
Downey onboard Captain Power

A previous winner at the County Meath venue, Edward Lynam’s charge had seemingly nowhere to go as Palavicini Run challenged the pace-setting Geological a furlong out.

However, Downey managed to squeeze the five-year-old between that pair and he picked up nicely to score by three-quarters of a length from Palavicini Run.

It was Downey’s 4th winner onboard Captain Power as he pointed out on his Instagram feed last night; “4th win on this legend Captain Power”.

Trainer Lynam was in optimistic mood after the victory; “It’s good to get. Punters are sharper than me as I thought he was bad value at 5/2 favourite”

“He’s been a bit of a bookmakers friend the last few times. I suppose he’s a bookmakers friend today too as he (the Powers) owns him!

“Robbie gave him a very good ride. He’s not simple and we took the hood off today. He’s always been a highly strung individual and wore the hood for a reason.

“We took it off him because he was nearly doing the job too well. When you were pressing button A you were getting button B.

“He battled it out well today and seems to like going around a bend. He’s won twice here and twice at Leopardstown.

“It panned out well and we’ll try and find another handicap for him. He wins one or two a year. Last year he won two and they took one off me.

“We’ll try and win two again this year. People tell me he’ll get seven but I’m not so sure.”

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There’s A Goose Loose About The House

Owned, trained and ridden by 3 Kilcock men, Western Goose was a popular winner around the North Kildare town this afternoon when the 10 year old mare stormed to victory in the 2m, 4f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The 16/1 shot, ridden by 7lb claimer Barry Browne, stalked the leaders before getting on terms 3 out and was travelling smoothest of all when she took the lead approaching the penultimate hurdle. After that it was a case of how far and when Browne said go, The Goose responded in kind, pulling clear on the run in to win by 5 lengths to Crack On Corrie in 2nd, with Like A Flash back in 3rd.

Lead in by Laura Ward, Browne and Western Goose were given a warm welcome party by members of the Cill Choca Syndicate and winning trainer Vincent Ward.