Horseracing: Ulster Oaks joy for Tyrone duo

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2015 - 'Down Royal Summer Festival of Racing 'The European Breeders Fund Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks Fillies Handicap'Conor Campbell, Andy Oliver, Jason McCausland, Francis Campbell and Michael Teague'. Picture by Andrew Paton / PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2015 - 'Down Royal Summer Festival of Racing 'The European Breeders Fund Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks Fillies Handicap'Conor Campbell, Andy Oliver, Jason McCausland, Francis Campbell and Michael Teague'. Picture by Andrew Paton / PressEye

Coalisland owner Frankie Campbell and Dyan trainer Andy Oliver teamed up to claim the Ulster Oaks at the weekend.

Witty Repartee, a four year old daughter of Iffraaj and Velvet Kiss, had been fairly easy to back prior to the race drifting from 7-2 to 5-1 but she never gave connections or backers a moments worry.

Partnered by Oliver’s number one jockey Chris Hayes, Witty Repartee was never too far off the pace, sitting in second for most of the ten furlong race.

When asked to quicked by Hayes off the final bend, the filly moved easily clear of long time leader Plus La Change and away from the favourite Back On Top.

The filly never looked in danger in the final couple of furlongs as she stretche clear of the late finishing Princess Aloof to win by three and a half lengths.

This was the second consecutive victory for Witty Repartee the filly breaking her duck in her last race at Leopardstown having been placed on four of her previous six starts.

Speaking after the race trainer Andy Oliver said: “We intended to keep up front and set a good pace. We got a toe and then Chris took over at the bend. It was a masterful ride by Chris.

“The owner Francis Campbell is from Coalisland and a good supporter of mine. We’ll see where we go in handicaps, she won that off 70. It looks like she will stay further and she is progressing nicely.”

The Dyan trainer’s season has picked up recently after a slow start with five wins over the last couple of weeks.

Stable star Panama Hat also got a form boost when Kingfisher, who narrowly beat him on his last start, came second at the Ascot Gold Cup.