Long-priced winners galore at Saturday's Kilbeggan meeting

Fermanagh jockey Ryan Treacy got his first winner of the 2020 National Hunt season at Kilbeggan on Saturday night – and followed up with a second in the very next race.

PHOTO: Garrai Phaidin for East Galway trainer Shane Ryder in the yellow colours completes a 398/1 double for jockey Ryan Treacy.

Treacy broke his duck for the season with 20/1 shot Reuben James trained by Eoin Doyle in the penultimate race of the meeting, the Greville Arms Hotel Beginners Chase.

The eight-year-old beat 50/1 outsider Napoleon Blue, trained by Adrian Murray from Rathowen in Westmeath, by three quarters of a length.

And Treacy completed a 398/1 double with Garrai Phaidin for Shane Ryder, who trains in Laurencetown outside Ballinasloe, in the final race of the meeting, the Follow Kilbeggan on Facebook Handicap Chase.

The 18/1 shot held off the fast-finishing 85/40 favourite Arctic Light by a head.

It was a meeting for outsiders with 80/1 Ballycastle Girl prevailing easily in the Paul & Carmel Fay Memorial Handicap Hurdle making light of a 164-day break from the track, while 33/1 shot Granny Lowrie took the opener, the Tom McCormack Memorial Cup Mares Maiden Hurdle for Thurles trainer Pat Doyle.

Empirion was the comfortable winner for jockey Keith Donoghue in the KilbegganRaces.com Maiden Hurdle at 7/2.

And Donoghue completed his own double on board 20/1 chance Whirling Dervish for Gavin Cromwell in the Athlone (C&G) Maiden Hurdle.

5/1 shot Caridadi was the other winner in the seven race card.

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