Fogarty Doyle and Flanagan head to Wexford.

20140317-104110.jpgThe traditional St Patricks day fixtures at Wexford and Down Royal are the attraction today. With the South East track getting its 2014 season underway.

Much of todays chat will focus on those 12 Irish trained winners at Cheltenham with the management of the racecourse likely to highlight the fact that 2 of the 12 winners at the festival (Tammys Hill and Savello) had won at their Bettyville track earlier in their careers.

When you throw in the exploits of locally based jockey Mikey Fogarty who won at the same meeting on Don Poli for Willie Mullins and Gigginstown, racegoers at the track have much to chat about.

Fogarty is in rare good form as he took the maiden hurdle at Navan yesterday on Cracking Chap. Riding for the north wexford yard of Colm Murphy the 5 year old High Chaparral took this race readily at 5/1. His sire High Chaparral continues to get my eye and his stock over jumps could be more than interesting in future years.

These weren’t the only Wexford based winners on the day as Liz Doyle saddled both Glen Beg and Le Vent D’Antan to win. Ridden by Kevin Sexton whose 5 lb claim helped the 7 year old daughter of Norwich, she won this at 11/1 having struck the front after the last.

This mare may never reach the possible heights of Doyle’s second winner Le Vent D’Antan but she has managed to win a couple of races for the Williams family who must be pleased.

Doyles french bred 5 year old Martaline gelding Le Vent D’Antan was a big fancy this time last year at the Cheltenham festival when finishing seventh in the bumper. With some difficulties in the interim Doyle wisely set her sights lower this year and must be pleased to have won this so amazingly easy under Barry Geraghty. This horse promises much for the future and remains an exciting prospect.

Liz Doyle gave Sean Flanagan his first ever winner as a rider and the freelance jockey has never looked back.Flanagan added another winner yesterday at Limerick when he joined forces with Tipperary based David Kelly to win with Sherika in the handicap chase at in a tight finish at 8/1.

They are all at Wexford today and the card looks exceptionally tricky to sort out!

Enjoy the day!


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