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Twin lights up Galway

Sun, 28 October 2012

Twinlight put up a game front-running display to outpoint his four rivals in the Faber Audiovisuals Ballybrit Novice Chase at Galway.

The Willie Mullins-trained 15-8 favourite did not put in a foot-perfect round and was headed just briefly by Argocat at the final fence, but he responded to Ruby Walsh's urgings and pulled away on the run-in to score by two lengths.

Cootamundra was making eyecatching progress having been held up when he came down at the last, but the others finished well behind.

Walsh said: "He was a bit keen early and recovered well from two mistakes. In fairness, it was a good performance and he keeps surprising me."

The jockey honours earlier on the card went to Davy Russell, who netted a near-28-1 hat-trick on Rogue Angel (1-6 favourite), Shrapnel (9-2) and Lastoftheleaders (7-2).

Shrapnel hadn't won in nine previous efforts over jumps, but was well worth the victory on his first start for Gordon Elliott as he collared favourite Rory O'Moore two out and forged three and three-quarter lengths clear in the CCTV Venue Control Maiden Hurdle.

The jockey said: "Since he went to Gordon's they found an abscess in his joint. He always preferred going left-handed but when going right-handed he leaned a bit. He didn't do that today."

Rogue Angel was sent off the 1-6 favourite for the Corrib Oil Maiden Hurdle and gave supporters no cause for alarm, Mouse Morris's four-year-old asserting between the last two flights to win by seven and a half lengths.

The trainer said: "He couldn't do any more. He's a chaser full stop. We'll go very steady with him. At the same time we wouldn't dilly dally over those plastic yokes (easyfix flights)."

Russell completed his treble when he led all the way on the Arthur Moore-trained Lastoftheleaders in the SanServ Handicap Hurdle, keeping the 7-2 shot up to his work to hold Delphi Mountain by two and a quarter lengths.