It was a week that dreams are made of for Billy Lee as he followed up his treble last Sunday in Cork with a double two days later in Sligo for trainer Tim Doyle.
The first leg of the double came in the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Handicap over six furlongs with 10/3 shot Vasoni.
The second leg of the double came an hour and a half later in the form of Killourney Empress in the Ladies Day At Sligo 8th August Handicap over a mile and a quarter.
The 10/3 favourite was given a cool ride by Lee who held the four year old up in mid division before making headway into fourth two furlongs out and went into the lead a furlong from home, taking the contest by two and three quarter lengths.
A Delighted Doyle commented afterwards “It was worth the long journey.
“She won nicely and it was a competitive race”.
However, the trebles and doubles were minor in Lee’s eyes and nothing could have prepared him for his terrific winner in Royal Ascot last Thursday. Trained by Joanna Morgan, Roca Tumu was 20/1 on the off of the Britannia Stakes and was given a fine tactical ride by Lee who got the game son of Footstepsinthesand up by a neck at the finish line.
To top off this magnificent week, Lee also rode a winner in Limerick Friday evening.
The Michael Hourigan trained Our Man Zebo had a lot to live up to in the Wellingtonbridge Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles at Wexford the following evening, as he was backed into favouritism for the competitive event.
The 11/8 shot was last seen winning his Maiden Hurdle at Ballinrobe well and there was obviously plenty of confidence behind the son of Cloudings to follow up on that victory.
Given a great ride by Barry Geraghty, the Hourigan inmate duly obliged and took the event by three quarters of a length.
Rathkeale jockey Robert Jones was also visiting the winners enclosure on the evening at the venue as he partnered the Richard Morrissey trained Fromthecloudsabove to victory in the Vinegar Hill Maiden Hurdle over three miles.
The 16/1 shot was given a terrific ride by Jones who had to persevere hard to get the son of Cloudings up in the final strides.
Recently married Andrew McNamara Jnr was also up on the winners board at the venue as he guided the Louis Archdeacon trained Mountain Lough to victory in the two miles and two furlongs Curracloe Handicap Hurdle at 5/1.
Shanagolden jockey Chris Hayes continued his good run of luck with a double at Down Royal Saturday with the highlight coming in the form of the James Lambe trained Sir Ector taking the Magners Ulster Derby of €100,000 at 14/1.
Rathkeale jockey Emmet McNamara had a great winner in Down Royal Saturday where he guided the Ger Lyons trained Tocatta Blue to victory in the Value Cabs Rated Race over seven furlongs. McNamara had to work hard on the 12/1 shot to get the son of Verglas up by half a length.
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