Whats on this Week?

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On the Track:

19th Punchestown,20th Clonmel, 21st Dundalk (e), Thurles, 22nd Fairyhouse , 23rd Naas.

Point to Points:

22nd Tynan & Armagh (H), 23rd Duhallow (F), 23rd East Clare (H), Kilkenny (F).

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Codds double reasserts his lead as O’Connor hits the 900 mark!

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A day of doubles at Punchestown and Knockanard saw Jamie Codd, Noel McParlan and Ciaran Fennessy ride two winners apiece with Derek O’Connor reaching an astounding milestone when booting home his 900th Point to Point winner at the Avondhu Foxhound meeting just for good measure!

Jamie Codd rode a nice double today at the Kildare Foxhound meeting at Punchestown when partnering the winners of two of the three divides of the Dublin Products Ltd 6 year old and older maiden.

Codd needed to ride a couple of winners today to reassert his lead over Derek O’Connor in the jockeys championship which had been whittled down to 8 yesterday at Tallow.

The Co Wexford man won the first divide for Philip Dempsey on Dinnie’s Vinnie for Denis Cusack with the 6 year old Vinnie Roe gelding’s biggest claim to fame being his relationship to Dunguib.

With that horses nice win today in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan grabbing the headlines Dinnie’s Vinnie has a long way to go to emulate that horse.

Codd also managed to win the second divide of the same race on Enniskillen for Peter Maher with the Witness Box 9 year old likely to head to the Punchestown festival meeting in the springtime.

Codd is now on the 38 winner mark 9 clear of Derek O’Connor who rode his 900th winner between the flags at Knockanard today when winning on Fiddlers Way. This Shantou gelding may or may not achieve very much more for Robert Tyner and Noel Hanley but at least he can be remembered for being part of O’Connors 900th winner!

This meeting saw Ciaran Fennessy record a nice double on Pops Well and Lisnagar Star for the Fermoy, Co Cork jockey. He opened his account when taking the Winners of Two on the Paul Flynn Pops Well with the 7 year old Dr Massini mare just getting the better of Richie Deegan and Miss Speedy.

Fennessy completed his double in the confined maiden with the 6 year old Kalanisi mare Lisnagar Star winning for Denis Fitzgerald.

The Open Lightweight for Novice Riders saw Co Carlow based Richie Deegan win on the 7 year old Vinnie Roe gelding Clontead Cross for owner Dermot O’Mahoney and trainer Finbarr Lordan. Deegan timed his run here to perfection to collar the longtime leader Kellystown Lad.

Other winners here saw Mikey O’Connor win on Up For Review for John Costello, Declan Queally added to a double at Tallow yesterday with Raydini for Pat O’Connor, while Shadow Flicker took the last race for the Griffin’s.

Back at Punchestown Noel McParlan continued his good form both on the track and in this sphere when riding a nice double in the two Winners races on Mtada Supreme for Peter Maher and Davyroy for Colin McBratney.

Racing opened here with a nice win for Henry De Bromhead’s A Sizing Network in the colours of Alan Potts and in the hands of Paul Power. This 4 year old by Network may have been a shade lucky as the Gigginstown owned horse Utmost Zeal was reportedly in command of the race when falling! Maybe both of these horses are worth going in the notebook?

Liam Kenny the land owner on who’s land the Island Hunt stage their point to point at Ballydarragh is no bad trainer in his own right and he took the 5 year old maiden here with Paddy The Deejay. Owned by Pat Redmond and ridden by Harley Dunne this Fruits of Love 5 year old built on previous promise to win.

The Open Lightweight saw Eugene O’Sullivan travel from Cork to give his son Eoin the leg up on The Hollinwell with the son of Classic Cliche giving them a third win in the Open category this season for the owner/trainer and son partnership.

While Mark Lynch took the last race of the day when partnering the George Stewart owned and trained Hix Fix a 7 year old by Gamut , the 21st race of weekend in the point fields.

Queally and O’Connor headline Tallow as Glory takes the Open.

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The West Waterford Foxhounds did remarkably well to race at Tallow on the 15th with their six race card being staged at the second time of asking at the Co Waterford venue.

The card on offer promised much and it didn’t fail to deliver.

The Open Lightweight, sponsored by the Rathbarry and Glenview Studs saw the hot favourite Oscar Delta being overturned by Lonesome Glory under Ciaran Fennessy . This was a major step up in form for the 9 year old Kasamayo gelding with the Paul Maloney trained and Kathleen O’Driscoll owned horse staying on stoutly to win by 8 lengths. Successful only once before in the point to point fields he ran his best race here at his thirteenth attempt.

Mostly likely this horse will be kept pointing for the time being while Jimmy Mangan might just be scratching his head under his purple and gold woollen hat after this turn of events.

Declan Queally shared a double with Derek O’Connor at the Dungarvan meeting at Affane three weeks ago and the Cappagh, Co Waterford based jockey struck again at the Tallow track when winning on Winged Express and Derrintogher Bliss to bring his seasonal tally to 11.

Queally is a very accomplished amateur jockey who rides out for the likes of Adrian Maguire amongst others.

He was given the leg up on Winged Express in the Doncaster Bloodstock 5 Year Old Geldings Maiden by Mallow, Co Cork based trainer Louis Archdeacon .

The 5 Winged Love horse had run only once before but obviously benefitted from it to win here by a length and a quarter. Speaking afterwards the winning jockey Declan Queally commented ” I think he will make a nice staying chaser” The next appearance for the horse will be in the sales ring according to connections.

Queally didn’t have to wait long to make his double as he steered home the 5 year old Arcadio gelding , Derrintogher Bliss to win the Padraig Tobin Bookmakers Confined Maiden.

Queally was riding here for the Aglish, Dungarvan based pair of Roger McGrath and John Connery.

Queally has built up a nice relationship with McGrath over the years and plans are for the horse to go to the track with Queally indicating “He shows a nice turn of pace and should go for a bumper next”

The horse races in the colours of Aglish based farmer John Connery who has had some good horses in training before with Roger McGrath including the former point to point and track winner Thyntocatcher.

Racing opened with the Tinnakill House sponsored 4 Year Old Maiden with Sean Doyle, Barry O’Neill and the Monbeg Syndicate winning with Monbeg Gold.

This 4 year old son of Gold Well may well have struck gold for the Co Wexford based men as he reportedly won very stylishly and will likely find a new home in the not to distant future.

Derek O’Connor is eating away at Jamie Codds lead in the jockeys championship, with a double here on Jenmarie and Sharp Rise edging him closer.

In truth O’Connor now on the 28 winner mark has to keep knocking out the winners but the Co Galway man seems totally intent on his quest at the moment with Codd needing to get his winners flowing again to stay clear currently with 36 winners.

O ‘Connor booted home the Dr Massini 6 year mare Jenmarie for Conna based Jimmy Mangan before completing his day with a win on the 7 year old Croco Rouge gelding Sharp Rise for BJ Daunt.

A Grade 2 benefit for Mullins if Gowran races today!

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Gowran Park looks like possibly being a Grade 2 benefit day for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh today.

An 8 am inspection today probably might not give us the the answer we want. But assuming that the rain that fell last night in the south east hasn’t scuppered Red Mills day the two Grade 2 races have thrown up a couple of small fields at the courses February highlight.

Un De Sceaux is a really interesting horse with the 6 year old son of Denham Red contesting the 4 runner race. Holding an entry in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle this horse has been quietly campaigned by Mullins and should have no trouble winning here.

Whether he runs in the Champion Hurdle is anyones guess, bar of course , Willie Mullins , who already knows where he goes from here!

The Red Miles Chase the other Grade 2 on the card looks a more competitive affair with the 5 runners headed by the 7 year old Dom Alco gelding Turban. A nice winner at Fairyhouse this French bred should run well under Ruby Walsh.

They might get most to do from Tony Martins Bog Warrior, with the Gigginstown House Stud owned and Bryan Cooper ridden horse having the class to win today but maybe not the fitness.

While Henry De Bromhead could have the 8 year old Aupcharlie pretty well primed to open his account for the Co Waterford yard.

On balance Turban should have the fitness advantage over this pair to give Mullins and Walsh a Red Mills double!

The remainder of the card looks difficult to pick obvious winners from so I will only nominate one other.

The concluding bumper might just fall to Tom Foley and his son PT Foley with the Kings Theatre horse All In The Head. Foley has a good record at Gowran, his yard is in good form and might be worth support here.

Can Irene Walsh and Pocket Reader continue their fine season this weekend?

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My word the weather has been playing total havoc with my world this week.

But back on the air now lets take a little time to preview this weekends Point to Point fixtures.

From what I’ve just seen on the world wide web all three scheduled meetings at Tallow, Avondhu and Punchestown are set to take place.

Once this evenings last downpours are out of the way this might well be the case.

The West Waterford fixture at Tallow rescheduled for Saturday the 15th is dependent on a course inspection in the morning so with our fingers crossed we will glance at the Open Lightweight.

The Rathbarry and Glenview Studs sponsor the Open Lightweight with the original 16 horses entered last weekend still entitled to line up.

But as is always the case a rescheduled fixture has a different dynamic. Oscar Delta is the headliner here for Jimmy Mangan and 11 year old Oscar geldings owner Karen O’Driscoll. When you throw in Mikey O’Connors 7 year old Our Knight , Eoghan O’Gradys recent Aghabullogue winner Headford Flyer for Colman Sweeney and Enda Bolgers Star Neuville and if they race it looks like a competitive affair.

Racing switches to the Knockanard, Fermoy track on Sunday with the Novice Riders taking the stage here in the Open Lighweight.

The Avondhu Foxhounds must be a little disappointed with only seven entries but it still promises to be a trappy little affair.

Eugene O’Sullivan and Irene Walsh supply two of the runners here with Pocket Reader and Kellystown Lad entered.

They have the 8 year Sonus gelding Pocket Reader also entered at Kildare Foxhound meeting at Punchestown in a similar novice event where O’Sullivan also has The Hollinwell often ridden by his son Eoin.

Pocket Reader ran a really good race against Davy From Milan at Affane on the 26th with Walsh really putting it up to Derek O’Connor before they asserted and won.

Jimmy Mangan also has Oscar Delta entered here, trying presumably to get a run into the horse , or at least giving him the option of that.

Finbarr Lordan and Dermot O’Mahoney have entered Clontead Cross with the 7 year old Vinnie Roe trying to step up in class.

While two 11 year olds, Roley and Saigheada Beaga are coming back off the track to run here.

With a run here Irene Walsh and Pocket Reader would look the likely winners to continue their fine season.

The Punchestown fixture has another Open Lightweight confined to novice riders. Sponsored by ? this race has 22 runners including the previously mentioned Pocket Reader and The Hollinwell.

When you add in Trendelenburg, Castlefort, Lough Ferrib, Top Four, Royal Blood, Classic Cut and Loch Dara it could well be a very open betting contest.

The Kildare meeting always prides itself in staging a very informative 4 Year Old Maiden

With 18 entries, 3 from Gigginstown, Apache Park, Fact File and Utmost Zeal, 3 from Colin Bowe, Fulham Road, Kiteney Wood and Potters Point, 2 from Colin McKeever and Ballykan, with the Doyle boys responsible for Around My Life and Monbeg Gold and it would be unwise to dismiss A Sizing Network for the Potts/ De Bromhead partnership making it a very interesting race.

Gigginstown gave Derek O’Connor the first leg of his double last weekend at Askeaton with the PMJ Doyle trained 4 year old Altiepix, must be hoping to take this race here as well.

It remains to be seen if O ‘Connor will be at the Kildare fixture but his double has seen him eat into Jamie Codd’s lead.

Other notable winners at Askeaton were Mikey O’Connor in the Winners on Buster Dan Dan, Declan Murphy on the Mrs TP Hyde mare Autumn Shades and Ciaran Fennessey scoring a nice double on Entry To Evrywhere and King Bo Bo.

Check in with p2p.ie over the weekend for updates, happy pointing if you get to one!

So who do you fancy for Aintree now that the weights are out?

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The weights for the Aintree Grand National were published yesterday with 114 of the 115 entries allocated a racing weight.

The 4 miles 4 furlong stamina sapping spectacle takes place at the Liverpool track on the 5th of April with the Paul Nicholls trained Tidal Bay the races oldest entrant at 13 years of age also being asked to carry top weight of 11st 10lbs.

With 82 horses allocated 10st or more the chances are slim that anyone of the horses below this will get into the race on the day. That could rule out one of my outside fancies, the Willie Mullins trained Rockyaboya and one of last seasons progressive chasers Wyck Hill.

19 horses are given the burden of 11st or more with 10 of these trained in Ireland with the owners Gigginstown House Stud accounting for 4 of them and Andrea and Graham Wylie accounting for 3 with one of them Tidal Bay trained in Britain.

Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson train 5 of the 6 top weights making their decisions kind of important for everyone below as to what weight they carry.

The Thyestes Chase winner On His Own has 11st 3lbs which is a weight that the 10 year old son of Presenting should carry with ease. Ted Walsh’s pair of Seabass and Colbert Station have 11st 2lbs and 11st respectively.

I’m not at all certain that Enda Bolger and Barry Connell would be happy with the 11st 1lb given to the hunter chaser Mossey Joe while the 2013 Galway Plate winner Carlingford Lough has 10st 13lbs.

This Kings Theatre 8 year old is one of JP McManus’s 11 entries and comes from John Kielys Co Waterford yard. I’d be very interested in him on this weight at this stage.

I cannot get enthusiastic at all about Quito De La Roque for Colm Murphy while Monbeg Dude a Witness Box 9 year old now trained by Michael Scudamore looks interesting on 10st 9lbs.

At this very, very early stage Arthur Moores Home Farm owned by Chris Jones has a level of appeal. A 7 year old admittedly , this Presenting gelding has 10st 6lbs ,has a nice piece of form and has not been over raced.

So thats On His Own, Carlingford Lough, Monbeg Dude and Home Farm on the list right now, all could change by the 5th, with a chance that none of them will run!

Paddy Power are currently quoting them at 25/1,40/1, 20/1 and 25/1 respectively not bad odds on the first two at this stage but the weight of my money wont shorten those prices but you would never know who else is planning a gamble!

O’Connell, another instalment and the lessons of the weekend!

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Well the dust has just about settled on a fairly busy racing weekend both on the track and between the flags.

So what do we make of it all?

Pride of place has to go to Brian O’Connell, Philip Fenton, Gigginstown and Last Instalment on winning the prestigious Hennessy Gold Cup.

With the 9 year old son of Anshan running well when returning from injury at Thurles in the Kinloch Brae Chase in January finishing third to Texas Jack the omens for the day were most likely more hopeful than confident.

Having been off the course for two years prior to this I , for one was sceptical that he could better that run, particularly when the bounce factor is taken account of.

With Bryan Cooper the Gigginstown number one choosing First Lieutenant in preference to Fentons horse, Brian O’Connell was given the leg up on the day.

But a quick glance at the formbook shows that this is not the first time that O’Connell and Last Instalment have managed to win a Grade 1 Chase, and beat the first choice from Gigginstown.

They performed the same feat in December 2011 when taking the Grade 1 ,3mile Novice Chase at the Christmas meeting from , yes you guessed it, First Lieutenant!

Yesterdays win was good, very good in fact, a nice jumping performance matched with a positive ride saw him win easliy from a staying on Tidal Bay.

So the Cheltenham Gold Cup is next and with a nice piece of ground, he can seemingly handle good to yielding, the extra two furlongs and that uphill finish will play to his strengths.

Who will ride him? Not sure of that, but O’Connell rides him so well it would be hard to better the Co Kilkenny based jockey.

What of the rest? Well Tidal Bay is such a warrior, at 13 years old he is still knocking out quality Grade 1 performances and a big prize could go his way before the season is out. While Texas Jack ran really well and may just be a better horse at a furlong or two short of the three miles. So then what do we make of First Lieutenant ? He is a Grade 1 horse and has proven that both over hurdles and over fences so why does he not win more?

I have no idea other than to suggest that Gigginstown keep plugging away with him and some day soon he will have everything in his favour, pace, ground, distance and course , just like at Aintree in 2013 and win.

Guitar Pete and Dessie Hughes proved me wrong as well, I thought he was too exposed to be able to win the juvenile hurdle from Plinth and Ivan Grozny. But sure he had the form of the race and we ignored it and went for the “big names”.

Will he win at Cheltenham? On this form he more than deserves a chance and with Hughes he is in the best hands possible.

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh scored a nice Grade 1 double with Vautour and Ballycasey. With plans for the Closutton team a little grey , the Ricci’s must be looking forward to the festivals at Cheltenham, Fairyhouse and Punchestown. Ruby cannot ride every horse, but it is unlikely that Mullins will go in single handed in many of the good races.

I wouldnt rule out The Tullow Tank or Carlingford Lough if they are sound after their defeats, with more than one option open to them if their connections wish to take them.

Robbie McNamara has returned from injury in top form and a stunning double on Tammys Hill in the Hunters Chase and Vigil in the bumper will set him up for a great few months.

With less than 14 lengths covering the first 7 home in the Hunters Chase I wouldn’t be all sure that the finishing order will be repeated in future races.

The bumper was reported to be won by a good horse, with Dermot Weld giving McNamara the leg up on Vigil, with Lockstockandbarrell also catching the eye for Willie and Patrick Mullins.

Naas on Saturday saw Sean Flanagan continue his good form when winning on Seamus Mor for Colin Kidd. The Co Wexford man is continuously picking up a nice few rides as a freelancer and this winner proves his merit.

While Steven Clements upset another Gigginstown hot pot with another of their second strings when taking the bumper on No More Heroes for Gordon Elliott.

Switching codes we saw 3 out of the 5 scheduled point to point meetings over the weekend being staged at Askeaton, Ballydarragh and Tyrella with the roulette weather wheel seeing the Tallow and Carrigtwohill meetings losing out.

With a near lake on the track at Tallow earlier in the week did it really only become unraceable on Sunday morning?

So the lessons of the weekend?

Never ignore the form book, back Brian O’Connell on Last Instalment the next time they are together, keep an eye on Vigil and where he runs next , watch who Steven Clements rides for and where he races and oh yes feed the ducks at Tallow before the next point to point!

Fancy a horse of your own? Realta Horse Racing Club might be the answer!

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Recently formed Realta Horse Racing Club has seen it’s first horse go into training with Stuart Crawford at Newlands Farm. The as yet unnamed Presenting four-year-old filly comes from the same family as two time winner of the Irish Sweeps (Boylesports Hurdle) and Irish Champion Hurdle winner Fredcoteri.
Realta’s first horse is a sister to the exciting Nicky Henderson trained prospect Playhara. The bay is by top National Hunt sire Presenting and is the second produce out of the Sir Harry Lewis mare Harringay, trained by Henrietta Knight, who won a bumper, a chase and whose three wins over timber included the Listed John Smith’s EBF Mares National Hunt Hurdle Final at Newbury.
Registered Agent for the club, Sean Maxwell, said “it was our trainer, Stuart Crawford, who recommended this filly to us. Our horse has been in training since early January and we have some shares available in her as we speak”. When asked about the club Sean stated “We are a professionally run club who will offer days out at local tracks and beyond. We bring entry level racehorse ownership to racing enthusiasts in Northern Ireland. If the horse racing public want to foray into ownership I believe Realta should be their first option considered”.
Realta Horse Racing Club recently had coverage in the equine newspaper The Irish Field and have a good presence on Social Media platforms Facebook and Twitter. According to Sean they “bring all the fun and excitement of owning a thoroughbred racehorse at a fraction of the cost of full ownership”. There are a limited number of shares remaining in the Presenting ex Harringay filly. The club can be reached through their website http://www.realtahorseracing.com or called directly on 07513793957 for more information.

Go on its surely worth a call!

Whats on this Week?

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On the Track:

12th Clonmel, 13th Thurles, 14th Dundalk (e),15th Gowran Park, 16th Navan.

Point to Points:

15th West Waterford (F), 16th Avondhu (F), Co Limerick (F), Kildare (F)

Doran returns with an Open win as Clements bags a double at Ballydarragh.

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The roulette wheel in our point to point world saw the Island Hunt stage their planned fixture today at Ballydarragh in north Co Wexford.

With 124 entries the chances were that a divide might be on the cards. Following a strong declaration of 95 the opening five year old maiden was divided giving us a seven race card. With the going officially yielding the track never ceases to amaze as to the underfoot conditions that prevail here even after the heavens had opened over the last few weeks.

With the big races from Leopardstown being broadcast live onto the track racegoers didn’t miss a thing from Hennessy Day.

A dry but cool afternoon on the hillside over looking the village of Craanford was to be expected but a very healthy attendance enjoyed the racing on offer. While they were also entertained by a Dutch Television crew who were at the course for the day recording a segment for one of their local Television stations and captured the atmosphere.

On the course the racing highlight saw Michael Doran ride the Open Lightweight winner in the shape of Carloswayback while Banbridge , Co Down based jockey Steven Clements rode a nice double on Brownville and Skip A Beat Kid.

The nearby Ambersprings Hotel & Health Spa sponsored the Open Lightweight with the Henry De Bromhead trained Loosen My Load under Paul Power going off favourite.

This 8 time track winner tried to got a blow in at the business end as River Call and Most Chaste set the pace but to no great avail as Michael Doran or MN Doran as he appears on the racecard was biding his time on Carloswayback.

This 9 year old son of Bob Back fairly walked away from the other 11 runners to win easily for Paul Nolan and his Athlone based owner Philip Byrne.

James Nolan representing the Nolan yard stated ” We really retired him last year and only decided to try this route to give the owners an interest. But we liked the way he had been working and we could go for another Open or Hunters Chase. We will keep it low grade till the spring time and see then.”

This was Michael Nolan’s first winner between the flags since returning to the amateur ranks having handed in his professional jockeys licence.

Based in Taghmon, Co Wexford the 28 year old has ridden multiple winners on the track but decided to return to the amateur ranks in 2013.

Riding out everyday at Paul Nolans , Davidstown yard he also now schools for New Ross based Michael Cullen as well as having a few breakers in for himself. Obviously happy with his decision Doran could well get some bigger headlines if given the opportunities.

Racing opened with a gamble on Gold Man in the first division of the Ire Well Pallets Ltd Five Year Old Geldings Maiden.

Ridden by the reigning Eastern Champion Jamie Codd he went off 5/2 favourite to make a winning debut for Denis Murphy and this he managed to do.

With My Simon and Paul Power setting the pace with Only Gorgeous and Michael Doran very few other horses got into the action. Codd swept passed them from two fences out on Gold Man to win. It is noteworthy that he was put into the race late but a little greenness saw him wander off a straight line on the run to the finish.

Speaking afterwards the horses winning trainer Denis Murphy commented ” That was sweet, he travelled well all the way. He liked the nice ground, but I wasn’t sure if the tight track would suit, but he has a bit of class”

This son of Presenting is owned by Kilmuckridge man Thomas O’Sullivan and plans for the horse will see him take his chances in the sales ring at Cheltenham at the 2014 festival.

Steven Clements made it a very fruitful day when the Co Down man recored a very nice double at the track.

The second division of the Five Year Old Geldings Maiden saw Clements join forces with Co Antrim based trainer Colin McKeever to win with Brownville.

With some nice placed form to his name including a second to Definitly Red in the autumn he was replaced as market leader by the well supported Sea Rock for the Codd / Murphy team.

Clements set the race up turning into the home straight on the Wilson Dennison owned son of Kayf Tara to win easily.

Speaking afterwards McKeever commented ” He has been learning, its taken a bit of time but I’m happy to have won”

This horse’s future will most likely see him sold on in the near future.

John Paul Brennan gave Clements the leg up on Skip A Beat Kid in the Confined Five Year Old and Older maiden with the 5 year old Kalanisi gelding battling back to win by half a length.

Clements made great use of this horse sharing the lead with Under The Phone and Barry O’Neill all the way. They set such a well timed pace that no one else could get a blow in and they fought out the finish with only a half length between them with Clements getting Skip A Beat Kid back up on the line.

Brennan declared afterwards” He ran well the first day out but we didn’t know him and raced him too soon and on ground that didn’t suit afterwards.” concluding he added “This horse will continue in this sphere and probably take in a winners sometime soon”

Brian Jordan and Benny Walsh had a stroke of luck in the Tattersalls Ireland Six Year Old Mares Maiden when Annamatopoeia won for Richard Eustace from Barntown Co Wexford.

This home bred daughter of Luso ran well at Ballinaboola on her first run according to Jordan who added “She is a lovely mare with a nice bit of ability. We only have her in 11 or 12 weeks so she will improve”

Jordan who was opening his account for the season has a small team of 8 horses in training in Duncormick, Co Wexford and said that “a bit of luck helps, following a string of second places this season”

The separate falls of the leading pair Marira under Michael Doran and Moycomb with Barry O’Neill at the last fence saw Walsh grab the opportunity to win.

The most impressive winner of the day was Clondaw Dude in the Ballywater Farms Six Year Old Geldings Maiden.

This son of Stowaway was third to Need To Know at Ballinaboola in January and “Was green and needed a run or two” according to his winning trainer, Michael Goff from Enniscorthy. Continuing Goff added ” He loved the ground, we will go for a winners with him, but he will make a nice chaser”

The final race of the day saw Kiltealy Co Wexford trainer Colin Bowe score with Ballyheigue Bay in the Seven Year and Older Geldings Maiden. This 7 year old son of Rudimentary carried the colours of local jockey Robert James who picked him up two months ago to win here. With James, unable to ride the horse himself due to an injured shoulder, JJ Slevin did the honours with Bowe stating ” I am delighted, we will try a winners race next”

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