A letter for Tramore in seven easy steps!

Mid August is the traditional Irish holiday time with the 15th of August marking the end of summer.

Tramore Racecourse has long held this date with a racing fixture at the Co Waterford track. Now extended to a four day festival this meeting offers a mixture of flat and national hunt racing at the seaside venue.

With good ground on offer and a sharp , tight track facing everyone , horses with a bit of previous form at the venue are worth a look.

So for anyone interested lets spin through Tramore and highlight a horse or two with my letter for Tramore in seven easy steps!

Thoonavolla a 6 year old son of Beneficial has run well on his last two runs at Downpatrick and Ballinrobe. Trained in Mooncoin, Co Killkenny by Eoin Doyle this horse while still a maiden tries his hand here over fences and could just win on the 15th. He will lack for nothing with Brian O’Connell in the saddle, and may have most to fear from John Queally’s Darwins Theory or Paul Nolan’s Behemoth.

Run Fly Run comes from the all conquering Willie Mullins yard with the Kalanisi 5 year old likely to run on the 17th in an amateur maiden hurdle. Mullins has a strong link to the track as one of its Directors and will have a good team of horses competing. Owned by the Supreme Racing Club he opened his account at Ballinrobe under Patrick Mullins in a bumper in late July. If Mullins chooses to try him over hurdles here the pointer should be taken.

Ashjar represents the same yard with the 4 year old son of Oasis Dream holding a winning chance. Mullins has declared the horse for the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Directors Rated Novice Hurdle on Friday evening with Paul Townend in the saddle. The French bred has won at the track already this year and went on to win a race on the flat at Roscommon.
He wont have it all his own way here as Henry De Bromheads , Damefirth and Gordon Elliots , Moss Street will be serious challengers. Tactics in this small field will be crucial and while the odds might not be lucrative, he may give a return.

Marty’s Magic trained at Rosewell House Co Kildare by the globetrotting Dermot Weld runs in the famous colours of Dr Michael Smurfit. Made famous by Vintage Crop at Melbourne, Curragh and Newmarket, they might be seen in the winners circle at Tramore on this 5 year old Tale of the Cat gelding. A maiden in all codes Weld is probably the best trainer around to find a winning opportunity for a horse. Marty’s Magic has shown enough placed form to give the Curragh maestro a real chance of winning yet again in the sunny south east.

Oscar Vespasian is a tentative enough choice to win for John Queally’s Co Waterford yard. With a declaration on the 15th and entries for the 17th the horse might just run twice, so hopefully he will win once!
He has a bit of placed form with a third here in atrocious conditions in December. He looks like a horse that prefers a bit of nice ground. With Johnny Burke in the saddle he will benefit from his 5lb claim to reduce his topweight burden.

Roman Numeral continues the Roman theme, as Vespasian was a Roman Emperor in historic times. Eoin Doyle has had the 6 year old Kings Best gelding in rare good form with wins at Kilbeggan and Tramore. Doyle may run him more than once but his first target is the Flynn Group Hotel Handicap Hurdle where he locks horns with Galway winner Beckwith Star. With both of them joint top weights they might be under pressure to hold on , so we will see.

Everything Zain is our final letter for Tramore with the Dessie Hughes gelding holding an entry on Saturday. This Cape Cross 5 year old suffers a little from seconditis on the flat but he just could open his account here. Running in the trainers colours he could finally add another win to his name.

Thats a letter for Tramore in seven easy steps! Enjoy!



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