There were doubles aplenty at Laytown on Wednesday, as local hero Plough Boy bagged his 14th success in the Bohan Hyland & Associates Handicap, for trainer Garvan Donnelly.
Winning jockey Shane Crosse was initiating a brace on the day as Plough Boy (7-1) beat Shore Step a neck.
Donnelly trains locally in north county Dublin, and following the race said: “He knows the place well, as he’s down here quite often. We thought six furlongs might just stretch him, but had the advantage of knowing the beach so well.
“We said we’d let him bowl along – he knows the place well, he’s a legend of a horse and that’s 14 times he’s won now.
“Everything is so easy for him, no matter what you do with him he takes it in his stride.”
He added: “There is a race in Dundalk for him in two weeks’ time. We usually give him a break when he peters out a bit. Those races aren’t hard on him, six furlongs – sure I’d do that myself!”
Crosse completed his double with the Sarah Lynam-trained Tyrconnell (9-4 favourite) repeated last year’s victory in the Follow @melbourne10racing On Instagram Handicap.
Lynam said: “He likes the sand as well because he’s been good at Dundalk.
“It was the plan last year that I wanted to come back and win again, so I’m glad it all worked out.
“When he won this race last year it was my second winner, and it was really exciting, so I thought I’d love to try it again.”
British-based trainer Ivan Furtado and his stable apprentice Gabrielle Malune themselves combined for doubles on their first attempts in Ireland.
The pair landed the Gilna’s Cottage Inn Pride Maiden with Loose Chippings (7-1), before doubling their score in the ScotchHall Shopping Centre Claiming Race with Sir Ottoman (8-1).
Another trainer to record a double was locally-based Ado McGuinness, who won both the amateur jockey races on the card.
Indeed McGuinness registered a 1-2-3 in the O’Neills Sports (QR) Handicap, as Royal Admiral led home stablemates War Hero and Ken’s Sam’s to win for jockey Mark O’Hare.
Half an hour later McGuinness won the concluding Hibernia Steel (QR) Race with Confident Kid, under jockey Tom Hamilton.