Red hot Fogarty headlines on treble day at Wexford!

20140317-220420.jpgRacing at Wexford took on a real local flavour with four local yards providing racegoers with the first five winners on the Patricks day card. Three of these were ridden by Mikey Fogarty with the Wexford based jockey commenting “That is unreal, especially back here in my local town, it has been a great day” having ridden a treble on the track for the first time in his career.

Fogarty is red hot at the minute, what with his first Champion Festival winner on Don Poli last week and now another milestone has been added here.

The day was really one of trebles as not only did Fogarty ride a treble, we also had three winning favourites on the day, while Gordon Doyle and Liz Doyle miraculously conjured up a three in a row treble for their horses Snowell and Foritsa.

The Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase had a very attractive pot of money on offer with €23,500 to be divided amongst the first four home. With 15 facing the tape of the 2 mile 3 furlong contest it was Gordon Doyles Foritsa that was sent off the 5/2 favourite. The dual winner had opened his account here in November with the 10 year old Golden Tornado gelding being given every chance to win by the enterprising and forceful ride of Adam O’Neill.

He was committed to the front 4 fences from home and held everyone at bay to pass the post in front.

The bottom weight has improved no end for Doyle at his New Ross yard and it is an achievement to sustain the progress since November. Plans for the Harry Williams owned horse might see him race again but “Today was the day” according to Doyle who added “I wasn’t at all confident, I wasn’t sure if was still in form. He would love even better ground so we will see how he comes out of this”.

Liz Doyle fresh from a nice double at Navan yesterday was on hand to welcome home Snowell after winning the St Patricks Day Novice Handicap Hurdle. The 7 year old Well Chosen gelding was capturing his third race in a row for his owner/breeder, Tramore based Fionan O’Driscoll. Winning at Clonmel and Thurles in February he racked up his third win on the trot here under young Cork amateur JJ Burke.

This was a thrilling finish as Burke got a wonderful leap from his horse at the last to beat off Hurler and Farmer and Cordelia Blue in a two head finish.

Doyle commented afterwards “He was very brave and didn’t have much room, but the 7lb claim of the rider made a difference here and this was Jonathan’s first track win against professional jockeys”.

Mikey Fogarty must be on cloud nine just now with the Cleariestown, Co Wexford man booting home three winners on the day.

Opening proceedings in the Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle Fogarty made all the running on Sardinia to win for Paul Nolan and Mrs Ann Coffey. The 4 year old Galileo gelding, a winner on the flat for Aidan O’Brien in October had seen him only jump hurdles once in public with no success since transferring to Nolans, Co Wexford yard.

While he can obviously gallop his lack of respect of the hurdles in front of him made Fogarty’s job more difficult. They had however surrendered the lead before the last to Voice of a Curlew but her last hurdle fall saw Fogarty do well evade her and he managed to drive on again by the rail and hold Shutter Island.

Nolan said afterwards “We thought the blinkers might help, he can gallop but he needs to jump better. He will mix it on the flat and over hurdles”.

Fogarty and Nolan followed up in the very next contest for the Join The Wexford Supporters Club Today Maiden Hurdle when winning the 2 mile race on The Mooch at 5/1. Fogarty was never far away on 6 year son of Bach whose only previous win was here in July of 2013 under Harley Dunne on good to firm ground.

With another bit of luck going Fogarty’s way the leader Lipinski fell heavily at the last leaving the way open for Fogarty to power on and hold Ontopoftheworld by a neck.

Commenting afterwards Nolan state “He looked like being a good second until that mishap at the last, he will continue summer racing now as he couldn’t be sold at Newmarket”.

Owned and bred by Tipperary based Roger English, the English family including Rogers cousin the legendary hurler Nicky English were on hand to congratulate Fogarty.

Michael O’Murchadha father of the current racecourse manager Michael Murphy was commemorated by the staging of a 2 mile 4 furlong Rated Hurdle. Victory here went to the Colm Murphy trained 7 year Beneficial gelding Mister Hotelier. Fogarty used very different tactics here to record his treble as he dropped the Mark McDonagh trained horse out early on, waiting to challenge after the last and win at 7/1.

Murphy was on a treble of his own as he had saddled Cracking Lad at Navan yesterday, while Express Du Berlais won at Down Royal today to strongly indicate that his Co Wexford yard was back in form.

Expressing satisfaction afterwards Murphy noted “This was the first day he settled, he dropped the but and Mikey gave him a peach of a ride. Chasing is his future, but we will mix it for now”.

Henry De Bromhead was absent on the day but the winning owner Kilmeaden, Co Waterford based Owen Byrne was on hand to welcome home his winner, An Dearthair Og in the McGuinness Lambert Auctioneers Novice Handicap Steeplechase. De Bromhead also got in on the treble act as he saddled two other winners at Down Royal Never Complain and Riviera Sun.

Ridden by Andrew Lynch this 8 year old son of Expelled is the only horse Byrne has in training, who has had a difficulty of two in the past with indications that he would be tried on a bigger galloping track.

The concluding Mares Bumper sponsored by Notnowcato at Knockhouse Stud went to the Kinsale Co Cork yard of Robert Tyner with Carrigmoorna Rock. Ridden by David O’Leary the Kings Theatre 6 year old is part owned by her breeder Tom McCarthy in the Old Fools Partnership based in Dungarvan. This winning point to pointer could go for the mares final later in the season according to the winning trainers wife Mary.

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