JOCKEYS Fran Berry and Johnny Murtagh enjoyed success at Dundalk and Leopardstown yesterday making the trips between both meetings very much worth their while.
Both riders left the Foxrock venue behind them as they went left at the Red Cow from their Kildare bases on the way to Dundalk for their traditional 12th of July meeting, before then rushing down the M1 and M50 later in the afternoon to make yesterday's second all-Flat card at Leopardstown.
For Berry, it was well worth the rushing around as he enjoyed a double at Dundalk for Jessica Harrington, including the feature Boylesports Handicap on the talented Steps To Freedom, before teaming up with Eddie Lynam to score on the well-backed Colliding Worlds at Leopardstown.
Murtagh ended a barren spell for trainer Eoin Griffin as he carried the colours of Irish international footballer John O'Shea on another well-backed winner, Ferryview Place, at the Louth track.
Murtagh then went to Leopardstown where he teamed up with John Oxx to win the 1m4f maiden on Shelford who was sent off the 13/8 favourite. Sam James partnered a double at Dundalk, winning the first on Calm Bay for Harry Rogers and later scoring on He's Got Rhythm for David Marnane, but was out of luck on his three rides at Leopardstown.
While Chris Hayes, Ben Curtis and Joseph O'Brien all got on the score sheet at Leopardstown after drawing blanks up at Dundalk, Pat Smullen, Shane Foley and Marc Monaghan failed to get a winner from their rides at either meeting.
It was also a somewhat mixed day for Wayne Lordan, who enjoyed a treble for David Wachman at Dundalk, but after winning the last at 6.05 in Louth on the 4/7 favourite, Jessie Jane, Lordan lost his race against time to get to Leopardstown in time to weigh out and partner his only mount at that meeting, Brother Rabbit, for Willie McCreery at 7.25.
Brother Rabbit, who Lordan previously won on, finished fifth behind King Of Dudes and Ben Curtis.
Joseph O'Brien can look forward to putting up more mileage tomorrow as he rides Reply in the July Cup at Newmarket before jetting off to ride Imperial Monarch at 6.50 in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.