The Bomber Liston scores
Following his highly satisfactory debut in a better class Curragh maiden on Derby weekend, it came as no surprise that The Bomber Liston landed the Tattersalls race by an easy four lengths at Sligo last evening. An easy-to-back 7 to 2 joint favourite, The Bomber Liston raced clear of the home turn under Kevin Manning to beat Legend Falls, his main market rival, in fine style, with Tianyi third.
An equally convincing winner in the testing underfoot conditions was Agent Scully, formerly with John Oxx but now in the care of Tom Hogan, for whom the Pat Shanahan-ridden 8 to 1 chance was a first winner.
The Nenagh-based trainer said: "She needs a cut in the ground and we certainly got that here. I was delighted with the ride Pat gave her and I hope we can build on this."
A tidy gamble was landed in the Rosses Point Maiden when Kenema came good at the third attempt when edging out General Collins to win for Gerry Stack and Shane Kelly.
General Collins, well supported in the betting ring, looked sure to score off the home turn, but never quite got on terms and failed by just a head to peg back the front-running 5 to 2 chance.
Lafontom, gambled on from 6 to 1 to 9 to 2 joint favourite, stayed on in good style from the final flight to take the opening Templeboy Handicap Hurdle for trainer Michael Byrne and Garrett Cotter.
The Cashel-based handler got a second winner when his Katie Fairy coasted to a comfortable success under amateur rider Paul Moloney in the Summer Mares Flat Race.