Bellewstown Day 3 - Cromwell and McConnell in fine form

Story by Conall Collier

Saturday, 6th July, 2019 9:46am

Bellewstown Day 3 - Cromwell and McConnell in fine form

Bellewstown racecourse enclosure.

Not sure if there is a leading trainer award at Bellewstown, but if one was presented local trainer Gavin Cromwell with four would the top of the table ahead of this evening's final day of the four-day July Festival.

Cromwell another double at Bellewstown last night with Quantatmental in a novice hurdle and with Aasleagh Fawn 
on the flat for his third double in three days.

The trainer had two on Thursday night at Bellewstown and two at Musselburgh on Wednesday.

Local owners John Lynch and Mervyn Gray in the winners' enclosure with Quantatmental trained by Gavin Cromwell

The Ger Lyons-trained Marchons Ensemble won the opener last night with Colin Keane on board to take his tally for the season to 50.

Keane made his move at the three furlong pole and had over three lengths to spare over the Johnny Murtagh-trained Borelli at the line.

The John McConnell-trained Roi De Dubai won the Seamus Mulvaney Crockafotha Handicap Hurdle.

"For the owners, this is their Galway and Cheltenham, but we might look at Galway if he sneaks into the bottom of a big handicap hurdle," commented McConnell about his Bellewstown winner.

McConnell  was also on the mark at Wexford where Lowtown Charlie was first past the post.

The Noel Meade-trained and bred Star Adventure won the bumper at Wexford for owner Philip Meade (Meade Potato Company Lobinstown - no relation).


The 2019 Best Dressed Lady competition was also a feature last night and Niamh Rispin from Bohermeen scooped the title having recently celebrated her 21st - the judge was popular TV3 presenter Cassie Stokes.

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