O’Neill pulls off sur­prise dou­ble

The Guardian - Sport - - Boxing - Greg Wood

Lisa O’Neill, whose suc­cess on Wrath Of Ti­tans in last sea­son’s Kerry Na­tional at Lis­towel was her first win over fences un­der Rules, recorded a re­mark­able dou­ble yes­ter­day when she took the fea­ture event at the Lis­towel Fes­ti­val for the sec­ond year run­ning, this time aboard the 8-1 chance Pot­ters Point.

O’Neill, an am­a­teur jockey who works in a va­ri­ety of roles at Gor­don El­liott’s sta­ble in County Meath, also won the JT McNa­mara Na­tional Hunt Chal­lenge Cup at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val in March aboard the 2014 Tri­umph Hur­dle win­ner, Tiger Roll. With her lat­est big-race suc­cess she has won a to­tal of four races over fences, in­clud­ing two which were worth €103,000 (£93,000) to the win­ner and an­other with a first prize of £72,000.

Pot­ters Point was one of three run­ners in the field from the El­liott sta­ble, a team that in­cluded A Toi Phil, the 7-1 joint-favourite with the lead­ing pro­fes­sional Davy Russell in the sad­dle. Russell’s mount fin­ished down the field, how­ever, as O’Neill drove Pot­ters Point to a half-length de­feat of Joseph O’Brien’s Ark­wr­isht, who, like the win­ner, car­ried the colours of the owner Michael O’Leary.

“I’m get­ting fond of Lis­towel,” O’Neill said. “Win­ning this race twice and also Tiger Roll at Chel­tenham is fan­tas­tic, but I’m priv­i­leged to be part of a great team.”

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