Coleman secures 349-1 treble while Russell is banned for five days at Cheltenham
Thursday 20 April 2017
Aidan Coleman ruled Cheltenham on Thursday when he rode a 349-1 treble at Prestbury Park.
The jockey hit the heights aboard Brillare Momento, Plaisir d'Amour and Upswing.
Coleman landed the first two races, first capturing the opening £20,000 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle over two and a half miles on Brillare Momento for local handler Martin Keighley before Plaisir d'Armour stayed on strongly to see off the challenge of Magic Money in the Listed EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Chase over two miles and five furlongs.
Jonjo O'Neill's Upswing then won his second race in succession when taking the Llewellyn Humphreys Handicap Chase.
Reflecting on his victories the Racing UK-sponsored jockey said: "Brillare Momento ran well here at the start of the year and won a novice hurdle well at Southwell the other day.
"She has come here today and done it well. She has a good attitude, which is half the battle. I was very happy with her.
"Plasir D'Amour is a fantastic jumper. She had been prepared well. She didn't have a busy winter as she wants better ground. Two and a half miles on good ground is probably her optimum and she has proved that today.
"She is just a nice mare and I am very happy. She does always have a look around which is probably why she jumps so well."
Davy Russell was banned for five days for careless riding after partnering Midnight Tour to victory for trainer Alan King in the Catesby Property Group PLC Mares' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Midnight Tour finishes well clear for Davy Russell and Alan King in the Catesby Property Group PLC Mares' Handicap Hurdle pic.twitter.com/CKgGADy3so— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) April 20, 2017
The stewards found Russell had allowed his mount to drift right-handed towards the rail when not sufficiently clear, taking third-placed Indian Stream off her intended line.
As a consequence, The Organist was left short of room against the rail, causing the mare to stumble before finishing fourth.
Russell's suspension runs from May 4-6 and 8-9.