Ballingarry's Byrnes bashes bookies'

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Ballingarry's Byrnes bashes bookies'

CO Limerick trainer Charles Byrnes was the toast of punters at Roscommon on Tuesday night after teaming up with jockey Davy Russell to land a substantial gamble with three heavily backed winners.

Bookmakers were left reeling as Ballingarry-based Byrnes recorded his hat-trick of wins with horses that had been heavily backed through the day.

A spokesman for Paddy Power bookmaker said they had faced a pay out ‘well into six figures’ between the three winners.

War Anthem got the ball rolling in the two mile maiden hurdle. Available at 16/1 in early trading, the winner was backed into 6/1 and justified that support when scoring by three lengths over 40-1 outsider William B.

Byrnes and Russell completed a double when Mr Smith, available at 12/1 in the morning, justified enormous support to win the JF Hanley Handicap Hurdle at odds of 7/4.

With liabilities building up, it was no surprise to see Top of the Town’s price tumble for the Class Grass Handicap Hurdle. As big as 14/1 in the morning, Top of the Town was heavily supported by punters and duly won the contest by five lengths. The winner was returned the 5/4 favourite.

Afterwards Byrnes told reporters: "After Galway we needed it. I did my brains in at Galway with Sea Light and Crystal Pearl.

“That's my first treble. It's just the way it happened. I wouldn't say I planned it.

“I had a bunch of horses come into form and I put them in together. It was the last couple of weeks I was able to put it together. Long-term it would be impossible to plan.”