Jacob Back on Track

Daryl Jacob the young County Wexford man landed one of the top jobs in Britain in 2013 when being appointed as first jockey at Paul Nicholls yard. He gets his season back on track today at Newton Abbot when taking the mount on Valco De Touzaine in the 2 mile 1 furlong novice chase. This four year old son of Dom Alco has never jumped a steeplechase fence in public, but he is sure to be well schooled on his debut over the bigger obstacles.  Jacob burst on the scene a number of years ago when taking the Christmas chasing highlight, the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown for Robert and Sally Alner, while his unforgettable short head win aboard Neptune Collonges in the Aintree Grand National in 2012 has seen him write his own piece of history. He must be hoping that the 2013/14 National Hunt season can see him create even more history.

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Track Form Stands Up at Rathcannon.

Horses with previous form inside the rails on the track are always good to follow during the Autumn Point to Point season. This point was proven yet again at the Limerick Foxhound meeting at Rathcannon today.  John Berry took the Open with Give Us A Hand with Mark Scallan in the plate. The 11 year old ran during the summer and this track winner stripped fitter here. This was only one of four winners to transfer from the track, with Charlie Swift taking the Winner of Two for Paul Power and Vincent Halley, while Sharon Dunphy and Johnny Barry won the Older Geldings Maiden with Whatwillwedonext.  Pops Well completed the quartet when winning for Ciaran Fennessy and Paul O’Flynn in the Mares Maiden.  Wexford trainers and jockeys are quick off the mark this season with Barry O’Neill and Colin Bowe winning again this time with the 4 year old Royal Anthem gelding, Royalraise, added to by William Codd and his brother Jamie who hit the mark with Free Run, a 5 year old by Golan.  Horses with previous track form are really well worth taking note of.  Roll on next weekend!

What’s on this Week?

On the Track:
30th Roscommon, 2nd Sligo, 3rd Clonmel, 4th Gowran Park, 4th Dundalk (e), 5th Gowran Park, 6th Tipperary.

Point to Points:
5th Route (H), 6th Westmeath (F).

Barry Sets The Early Pace

Barry O’Neill is one of the most stylish and accomplished jockeys on the Point to Point circuit these days. Linked to the Co Wexford yard of Colin Bowe he booted home a first day treble to set the early pace this season. Wins on Katchenko and Mattara for Bowe saw him also win on Sam Cavallaro for David Christie at the Mid Antrim meeting in Toomebridge. So for today at least, both O’Neill and Bowe lead their respective championships for the 2013/14 season.

Point to Points get under way

Late September and the Point to Point yards are back on the go. Racing starts on this Saturday the 28th at Mid Antrim with Limerick taking the stage the following day. Entries close today so it will be of great interest to see what yards and what jockeys set the early pace in the 2013/14 season.

Point to Points get under way

Late September and the Point to Point yards are back on the go. Racing starts on this Saturday the 28th at Mid Antrim with Limerick taking the stage the following day. Entries close today so it will be of great interest to see what yards and what jockeys set the early pace in the 2013/14 season.

Fogarty’s Flying Start

Mikey Fogarty has really hit the ground running since turning professional. The Wexford native joined forces with Richie Rath on the first day at Listowel to win on Ballynaclash Warior in a 3 mile maiden hurdle. The winner a 7 year old son of Norwich stayed on well to win at 25/1. Fogarty then linked up with Paul Nolan on the final day of the Listowel meeting on Saturday to kick home Dick Dundee in the handicap chase over 2 miles and 1 furlong. The 8 year old son of Kings Theatre won in a driving finish at 12/1. Racing in the silks of Paul Nolan himself this horse came back to form at Wexford Racecourse earlier in the year having been disappointing. Fogarty was a classy amateur jockey and he must hope that he can build on this good start to his new professional career.

No Lost Cause!

So the third reserve won the Kerry National today in Listowel at an unconsidered 16/1! White Star Line, trained by the redoubtable Dessie Hughes on the Curragh, owned by Kerry native Patsy Burns the 9 year son of Saddlers Hall showed he was no lost cause. He took control of the race on the turn into the straight to win convincingly by 5 lengths under a last minute call up for jockey Andrew Lynch. Hughes did create a bit of a doubt however as he also saddled the favourite, Wise Oscar in the race also, but the Bryan Cooper ridden horse, himself a reserve, lost his chances four fences out. Bred by Louis Vambeck this was White Star Line’s 21st race of his track career, and on the bare statistical record his one win over hurdles and running in his 12th chase the form wouldn’t inspire. But, his horse has been tried at a pretty high level in the past two years, he was placed over fences at the Cheltenham Festival in both 2012 and 2013 in Black Type races to Hunt Ball and Golden Chieftain, while he also finished second to Sirs Des Champs and First Lieutenant over hurdles before that, so he had pretty good form to his name. On this occasion he took the scalp of the JP McManus owned Carlingford Lough, who won the Galway Plate on his previous start in 2013. Named after the Cruise Line Company that managed the ill fated Titanic, this is one headline for the White Star Line will that they would be happy with.