Fancy a Gallop?

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Fancy a Gallop? I just thought that I would share with you a little up to date news from the Railway Yard Gallops in south Co Wexford.

Owned and managed by Martina Doran these facilities have been recently updated and are worth a look.

Please take the time to read the up to date information below.

 

*NEW SCHOOLING GRASS GALLOP WITH FENCES*
7 furlongs (3f circle & 4f straight) Race rails & professionally designed and drained.
Helmets & Back protectors must be worn.
Use of All Weather gallop with French Hurdles for warm up if requested.
Open 7 days a week by appointment only. €25 per horse
View our website for directions , map and information www.railwayyard.ie
For bookings call Martina 087 2247413

Schooling went very well on the new grass gallop the last few days. Ground perfect and horses jumped well over the FENCES. Safe for jockeys who put the lives at risk schooling young horses so it’s only fair that they get a safe environment to educate the horses before going racing.
Some trainers warmed up with jumps over the FRENCH HURDLES on the ALL WEATHER GALLOP first whereas others gave their horses a spin up the 7F SAND GALLOP and then schooled.
Happy Horses- Trainers- Jockeys & owners
Feel free to call for information or to make a Booking.
Open 7 days

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Whats on this Week?

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On the Track:

2nd Leopardstown (e),3rd Clonmel (e), 4th Dundalk (e ), 5th Gowran Park, 6th Cork.

Point to Points:

5th Mid Antrim (H), 6th Louth (F) Suirvale (H), United Hunt (F), Westmeath(F).

Aintree: 3rd 4th 5th April:

Codd headlines Monksgrange with a fourtimer.

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With action all over the country in the point to point fields the Bree Foxhounds staged their spring fixture at Monksgrange. This track, owned by the Hill family of Dawn Run fame is one of the finest in the South East of Ireland and is well supported as a schooling venue and as a point to point fixture.

With heavy rain in the area for the best part of twelve hours on Saturday ,organisers were lucky to race today as the ground was very heavy on all sides of the track.

The original entry of 106 had 65 declarations which saw the good attendance enjoy six competitive races and a headline catching four timer from Jamie Codd.

Codd had seen his lead in jockeys championship reduced to two following a treble at Durrow, Co Offaly yesterday, but this four timer restored a healthier lead for Codd before heading into the first week of April.

Racing opened with the Tattersalls 4 Year Old Geldings Maiden where just 7 of the original entry of 14 faced the starter.

This race promised much with the 2/1 on shot Potters Point all the rage in the betting ring for the Colin Bowe / Barry O’Neill partnership. This son of Robin Des Champs looked a picture in the parade ring with the Denis Murphy trained Jeweloftheocean the 4/1 second favourite looking like playing a supporting role on the day.

Things however don’t always go to script and Jeweloftheocean surprised backers by getting the better of the odds on favourite and win.

Making his debut here in the colours of Tipperary based Pat Coffey, the 4 year old son of Flemensfirth looks like being a future star in the making following this win here under Jamie Codd.

With the Gary Murphy setting the early pace on the wayward running Windy Writer, the nice even pace let the others settle with Poulanassy racing prominently.

Following the departure of Windy Writer five out, Barry O ‘Neill hit the front with Potters Field three fences from home but he was being ominously stalked by a dangerous looking Jamie Codd.

Just nodding after the second last Codd had to shake up Jeweloftheocean and they got past the leader to win by half a length.

Speaking afterwards in the winners enclosure the winning trainer Denis Murphy commented ” It was good to win, we had a lot of nerves before hand. Paul Gahan has been raving about him way before Christmas and Jamie has thought highly of him. We will go to Brightwells next to the sales.”

Codd’s number two came in the very next race when he won the Cooney Furlong Grain Winners Of Two on Fence Me In for the absent owner /trainer Tom Keating. This 8 year old son of Old Vic was winning his third point to point in a pretty emphatic style.

With Sharp Shot trying to make every post a winning one, we had four horses in a line with two fences to jump. Codd however was in the vanguard and he drove the even money chance through to lead and land the odds by six lengths.

With Keating saddling another runner in Cloyne his connections here indicated that they would keep going a similiar route of Opens and Winners.

Liam Kenny has his yard in nice form again , with the north Co Wexford based trainer saddling the Frank Byrne owned Ballyboker Breeze when taking the Connollys Redmills 6 Year Old Geldings Maiden.Ridden with with aplomb by the man of the day Jamie Codd the Gold Well 6 year old the 6/4 favourite was prominent most of the way and held Brian Hamiltons Big Kern.

Owned and bred by Frank and Olivia Byrne from their south Wexford base this horse will ” Go for a Winners of One if not sold” according to Kenny.

A faller at both Ballyraggett and The Pigeons on his last two starts Kenny added ” He would love this ground here, he jumps well so I will talk to the owners about future plans.”

Jamie Codd rounded off his day when taking the Slaney Food International Mares Maiden on Quiet Candid for Jonathon Fogarty.

This was a wonderful training performance by Fogarty, as the 5 year old Beneficial mare was making her racecourse debut here to give Fogarty, a brother of Cheltenham winning jockey, Mikey Fogarty his very first winner as a trainer with the only horse he has in training.

Owned by Fogarty and the three O’Connor brothers, David, Richard and Joe the Cleariestown Co Wexford based native operates from Gaynestown Stud.

The future plans for the mare were on hold as the celebrations needed to be be organised by the sound of things afterwards!!!!

With the Susan O’Gorman trained favourite Duplicate Daughter falling 6 fences out it was left to Mark Scallan and Marira to throw down a challenge to the well supported Codd ridden horse.

Codd very nearly had a fifth winner as he fell at the last fence when in the lead in the Five Year Old Geldings Maiden on the Denis Murphy trained Lough Derg Walk.

This seemed to open the door for Graphical and David Cogley to benefit but in the melee after the last they lost their momentum and saw Harry Kelly’s Return Mission burst through under Paul
Power to win by three quarters of a length.

While the Co Tipperary based Kelly the winning trainer and owner was in Limerick to saddle another runner he indicated through connections “He was wrong the last day, we got him right now and he is for sale.”

Codd wasn’t eligible to ride in the Nitrofert Older Geldings Maiden which was restricted to novice riders, but for that we might have had another number for the headline!!!

Here the 2/1 chance Hasty Times opened his account for Co Kildare trainer Ross O’Sullivan and novice rider Roderic Kavanagh. This 9 year old son of Accordion had a nice bit of track form in the past and won this in a driving finish from Burning Issues by a head. With O’Sullivan since December the plan is to run in the Bishopscourt Cup at the Punchestown festival in April.

Owned by the winning jockeys mother Antoinette her 21 year old 6 ft 3 inches son commented ” That was my fifth winner, I tried to conserve his stamina on the ground, but a bit of better ground and the two and a half mile trip of the Cup will suit.”

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Byrne’s are excited with their new stallion Lake Michigan at Park House Stud.

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One of the most difficult actions in the breeding industry is to get a new young stallion recognised by mare owners as an option for their band of broodmares.

Park House Stud based in Tullow , Co Carlow has just set out on that route with the classically bred 4 year old Lake Michigan.

The unraced son of Montjeu was owned by Michael Tabor and trained during this time by Aidan O’Brien. With Montjeu already the sire of such notable racehorses and stallions as Authorised, Motivator, Pour Moi, Hurricane Run and Scorpion the chances are that we are going to have another name or two coming into the stallion ranks before too long to follow on in the Sadler’s Wells mould.

Its when you glance down at Lake Michigan’s dam line that an even more recognisable line appears with his grand dam, Urban Sea leaving behind Galileo and Sea The Stars. Both of these horses were champion 3 year olds, Group 1 Epsom Derby winners and now successful sires. Lake Michigan’s dam Cherry Hinton is in fact a Green Desert half sister to both of these horses in addition to being closely related to Black Sam Bellamy and Urban Ocean.

So from this vantage point Lake Michigan lacks absolutely nothing on his pedigree page. Standing at 16.2 the bay son has a Green Desert and Miswaki as his broodmare sire line, which is very much sought after.

While unraced himself he is already a full brother to two winners with his year older full sister Wading winning the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and Bracelet, a two year old winner in 2013 has entries for Ballydoyle in this seasons fillies classics the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and the 1000 Guineas.

Paddy Byrne and his Park House Stud has been synonymous with national hunt racing and breeding for many years, with the Co Carlow based  stallion master having been associated with such well known stallions as Mandalus, Celio Rufo and Montelimar etc.

Both Mandalus and Montelimar were highly sought after in the modern era with many pedigree pages upgraded with both horses having sired multiple festival winners at Cheltenham, Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchetown.

With in excess of 15 mares of their own, Paddy and his son Harry have bred many track and point to point winners over the years.

Park House Stud is currently in its sixth generation of Stallion masters and with 40 mares already booked in they are just waiting on the first positive scans to launch a whole new exciting era at their Co Carlow based Stud.

It’s Ladies Day this Mothers Day in the Point to Point fields!

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The Point to Point roadshow moves on this weekend to Durrow for the Brosna Foxhound meeting on Saturday, with the Co Offaly track also staging the second of their two day fixture on Sunday the 30th. They share Mothers Day with the Cloyne Hunt meeting at Dromahane and the Bree Foxhound fixture at Monksgrange.

In a strange way its the “women” who take centre stage with the only two Open Lightweights scheduled of the weekend being a Mares Open at Dromahane and a Ladies Open at Durrow.

With Glenwood, Tullamore sponsoring the Ladies Open a bumper entry of 18 horses are listed for the fixture on the 30th.

With a really classy line up it is shaping up as the race of the weekend with Oscar Barton, Davy From Milan, Long Strand, Pocket Reader and Sebadee all in the mix.

Sam Curling has had the 9 year old Oscar gelding Oscar Barton in really good form of late running prominently at Lismore and Lemonfield in Open company under Derek O’Connor.

Davy From Milan has tried to step up from the point to point fields to Hunter Chase’s for Eoin Doyle twice this month and while running well for Barry O’Neill hasn’t gotten his head in front.

He might return to this level on Sunday but there is no guarantee that he will have it all his own way.

Long Strand is a bit of a standing dish at Lingstown over the “banks” and while winning a really good Open at Bandon for Evanna McCutcheon the 10 year old son of Saddlers’ Hall will need to even better that mark to win here.

With the 8 year old Sonus gelding Pocket Reader and Irene Walsh finishing second at Bandon, they didn’t build on that good run at Kilworth failing to ignite behind Capal Dubh Alainn and the disqualified Isourbell.

When you add in Denis Cullen’s Sebadee coming right back to form at Ballyraggett under Sonny Carey following a very lack lustre performance at Punchestown in December his declaration here is one to be noted. The Cape Cross 10 year old saw his form franked at Borris last week with Vital Plot whom he defeated at the Co Kilkenny meeting winning convincingly.

Throw in River Call for Aine Dagg and Annie Bowles’s Nedzer’s Return and the only mare in the field Mandy Carroll and it promises much.

It’s potentially a very good race with all of our top Lady riders pitting their skills against one an other.

The equine Ladies have there day at the Dromahane with East Cork Oil Mares Open sponsoring the Cloyne Hunt race.

With 8 entries here the previously mentioned Mandy Carroll has an entry at the Co Cork meeting with the John Walsh trained Carroll House 10 year old likely to try her luck at this venue.

The regular mount of young Co Wexford based jockey Gary Murphy, the much placed mare has found it hard to get home in front over the years.

As is customary when Sheila Ahern faces the starter on the 12 year old Isourbell they will all have to try to get past this pair of ladies if they hope to win.

While a beaten second at Kilworth the Executive Perk mare still ran creditably to merit consideration here.

One or two other entries are noticeable with Paul Flynn’s Pops Well could well make the transition from Winners Class under Ciaran Fennessy here. While Robert Tyners Bingo Bash and Evanna McCutcheon’s Nhakira are also worthy of mention.

It is a genuine Ladies day this Mothers Day go on out and enjoy it!

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The going on the day may well be the key to the Aintree National.

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The Aintree Grand National is now the focus of many in racing with the world famous race due off at 4.15 on the 5th of April.

The original entry of 115 has been whittled away some what with 73 still listed.

Willie Mullins has taken out On His Own following his strong showing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup while Ted Walshes Seabass who disappointed at Down Royal on Patricks Day has also been sctratched.

Tidal Bay and Long Run are still standing with these two classy horses heading the weights and likely now to compress many of the bottom weights at 10 stone.

Both of these will have their supporters with the Wileys and Waley Cohens likely to see their horses run prominently.

When you add in Rocky Creek for Paul Nicholls and Triolo D’Alene for Nicky Henderson both of these yards look strong in this years renewal.

Enda Bolger will likely hold off for another few weeks before deciding to commit Mossey Joe to the big one. With 11st 1lb the Barry Connell horse has won his only point to point this year and could run in the Foxhunters at the same meeting therebye preserving his qualification in this category.

The progressive trio of Mr Moonshine, Teaforthree and Double Seven have all had a recent run but their racing weights looks attractive from this distance.

The same can be said of Michael Scudamores Monbeg Dude and Sunnyhillboy for Jonjo O’Neill.

Alan and Ann Potts have two horses still in the mix with Henry De Bromhead’s, Buckers Bridge and Jim Dreaper’s Goonyella carrying their well known “Sizing” colours.

Wyck Hill , might , just might sneak in from 4lb out of the handicap for David Bridgwater with the JP McManus owned Eider chase winner lacking nothing on stamina grounds.

It promises to be a great spectacle with the going likely to be the key on the day but thats for another day!.

Whats on this Week?

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On the Track:

27th Cork, 28th Dundalk (e), 29th Navan, 30th Leopardstown , Limerick.

Point to Points:

29th Brosna (F), 30th Bree (F), Brosna (F), Cloyne (H).

Vital Codd tops the card as Deegan notches a Carlow winner.

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Point to pointing in the South East saw the Carlow Farmers host their spring time meeting at Borris House, in Borris Co Carlow.

With the spectacular setting of the Blackstairs Mountains in the background of the Kavanagh Families historic house the grounds are an ideal location for holding the local hunts point to point fixture.

The ground which was safe but quick for this time of year was no worse than soft .With the cancellation of Liscarroll the declaration level was high here with over 70% of original 98 entries being declared.

With the first race needing to be divided racegoers were treated to a seven race card with a number of exciting finishes being served up.

The king of the card was Jamie Codd who managed to pick up a double at the Co Carlow venue.

The Open Lightweight at the track was sponsored by Connollys Red Mills with 7 of the 12 entries declared.

This race looked like being a match between Henry De Bromheads , Loosen My Load and Liam Kennys , Vital Plot. With it being nip and tuck in the betting ring , punters slightly preferred Vital Plot with Jamie Codd on board and sent him off the 5/4 favourite.

With Paul Power and Loosen My Load parting company on the flat on the first circuit, having “just kicked a sod and stumbled”much of the interest went out of the race as Mandy Carroll cut out the running up front.

Jamie Codd was biding his time out the back on the 10 year old American bred son of Theatrical . Coming through two from the finish he opened up a clear advantage before the last to win readily.

Racing in the colours of the winning trainer Liam Kenny this was the horses third run and second win of the season. Speaking afterwards the Craanford, Co Wexford based trainer stated ” Its not easy to win, but we will tip on with him. He loved the top of the ground and we will go for another Open prior to a tilt at the Champion Hunters Chase at the Punchestown Festival”

This 5 time track winner might be sailing a little high taking on Tammy’s Hill, On The Fringe and Mossey Joe but Kenny is a shrewd operator and not one to back off a challenge lightly.

Codd was on another favourite when he lined up on Isabellesprincess in the Adesco Nutricines 5 and 6 Year Old Mares Maiden.

Owned and trained by John Cummins from Moyglass, Co Tipperary this 6 year old Westerner mare caught the eye first time out at Affane but had failed to complete the course on her next two efforts.

The 5/4 on chance made no mistake today with her winning owner/trainer stating “She has been unlucky, she didn’t mind the ground here at all, but she is a good mare and will go for a mares bumper on the track”

Cummins who worked for 22 years for Mouse Morris said that “the more restrained tactics helped on the day”

It is always nice to report a local winner and we had one such story here with Aidan Fitzgerald , the Starter and assistant Clerk of the Course for the meeting saddling the 6 year old Mine Now to win.

Purchased in Goresbridge Sales by his owner Michael Monaghan for small money the horse had fallen on his three previous efforts. Ridden confidently by St Mullins man, Richie Deegan the 3/1 chance got past the favourite by a head The Rebel Panther under Jamie Codd to win in a driving finish.

Fitzgerald who is based in Cobajay Stables just outside of Borris was quick to nominate the track as the next port of call for the winner but added ” Richie gave him a great ride, he was very good today and I cannot emphasise what a good rider he is.”

Master Mariner tried to lead all the way here, but Codd stalked him on the last circuit only to lose out on the line.

From my records Jamie Codd was sent off favourite in 6 of the 7 races ,with Andrew Latta taking the mount on the only other favourite on the day, Most Chaste, in the Duninga Gallops Mares Winners of Three.

This 9 year old Alderbrook mare is very talented and has already won in the Open Lightweight category for Enniscorthy, Co Wexford trainer ,Latta. Taking the mount himself the 9 runners went a very good clip from the off with Black Lily setting much of the pace.

With the two market leaders, Most Chaste and Bee Fallon being restrained at the back until the third from home, the crowd were treated to Latta and Codd going head to head , with Latta and Most Chaste gaining the upper hand with the wandering Send For Slim coming late and separating the pair.

Latta commented afterwards “The ground is the key to her she just doesn’t like soft ground. We will go to the track for a hurdle or try the Hunters Chase at Cork.”

Racing opened with Robert James riding another winner this season when he lead all the way on the Michael Goff trained Butlergrove King in the first division of the Ballyhane Stud 5 year old maiden.

They seemed to be going too quick in this race from flag fall but James proved himself a good judge of pace as no one managed to get past him.

Owned by Co Kilkenny man Dick Frisby, the 5 year old Kings Theatre gelding could well be sold after this effort.

Goff who trains in Co Wexford added ” Its his first run for me, Trevor Horgan had him before.He loves racing and the plan was to make it a test of stamina”

The second division of this race saw Boru Boy win for Ger Murphy from Parknashogue Stud in North Wexford. Owned by Courtown, Co Wexford man Pat Doyle, the Brian Boru 5 year old , just touched off in Ballyraggett last week was well handled by Jimmy O’Rourke to win.

The winning trainer commented ” We felt he should have won last week, so we expected that today. He was a slow starter, but he is a different horse this season, so we will see where we go”

The days final contest went to Michael Bates from Kilmore Quay , Co Wexford with Ballyboker Bridge taking the Goresbridge Bloodstock Sales Older Geldings Maiden under Mark Scallan.

The Gold Well 7 year old was winning at the eleventh time of asking with Bates commenting ” We will see where we go from here”

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Jockeys and Trainers title races tighten after todays Maralin meeting as Codd hits winner number 50!

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The outcome of point to point championships continued to tighten following the results of the Iveagh Hunt fixture at Maralin today.

Jamie Codd, Derek O’Connor and Barry O’Neill continue to have a real ding dong tussle for the jockeys national championship with the three of them sharing 5 winners today of the 7 contests open to them.

O’Connor took the Open Lightweight on the 6 year old Bally Beaufort for Colin McKeever and Wilson Dennison. This son of Old Vic might be a tad unusual to be racing in this category as the McKeever/Dennison partnership normally sell on for others to race rather than compete at Open level. O’Connor wont be complaining however as he was winning on the horse for the second weekend in a row. O’Connor completed his double on the day on Castle Goer a 5 year old by Helissio for Ben Arthey in the first divide of the Mares Maiden.

With Jamie Codd booting home the Turgeon gelding, White Arm for Tony Martin in the 5 year old geldings maiden Codd is now 6 clear of O’Connor in the jockeys championship having reached the 50 winner mark here.

Barry O’Neill moved onto the 36 winner mark with his own double today.

He opened proceedings with a nice 4 year old winner in the shape of Mahler Lad for Colin Bowe. This son of Mahler made a nice debut here and like many out of Bowe’s yard he is most likely to sold on after this.

O’Neill might be an outsider at this stage to win the jockeys title but this winner for Bowe has solidified his resurgence in the trainers championship putting him on the 13 winner mark only 4 behind the table topper Robert Tyner.

But David Christie has moved even closer with the Co Fermanagh trainer winning with Harbour Pirate under Barry O’Neill. This 7 year old son of Black Sam Bellamy hadn’t run since November 2012 so O’Neill and Christie did well to win here after such a long absence for the horse.

Christie is now on the 16 winner mark just 1 shy of Robert Tyner’s total of 17.

With Liscarroll cancelled tomorrow the likelihood is that we will have strong declarations at both Borris and at Athenry as all of these yards try to snatch another few winners.

Ben Crawford and Johnny Barry both recorded winners today as well with the Stuart Crawford debutante Drumviredy winning for his brother, while Rosa Lad won the Winners for Barry and Aaron Stronge.

More tomorrow……get out there and go point to pointing!

Davy and Mikey supporting the Injured Jockeys Fund!

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With all the hoopla of Cheltenham having died down spare a thought this morning for all of the injured jockeys still on the sidelines.

With so many young men and women on the sidelines following falls and horse racing accidents this morning I thought we should remember the work of the injured jockeys fund.

Congratulations must go to the Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club on their initiative in donating money to the fund.

The Cheltenham winning jockeys Davy Russell and Mikey Fogarty kindly accepted the cheque presentation on behalf of the Injured Jockeys Fund at the St Patricks Day meeting at Wexford.

With such high profile jockeys as Ruby Walsh, Daryl Jacob and Jason Maguire on the injured list it is timely to remember that this fund does trojan work for all of our jockeys and that all of their fundraisers deserve support.

It really is the best “charity” that we can give assistance to in our sport.

So well done to Wexford and well done to Davy and Mikey for their support.