Seefood takes Wexfords biggest race for Hughes and Geraghty.

The experiment of an individual / single day two day Halloween Bank Holiday weekend fixture run over three days just didn’t seem to work at Wexford with the second day failing to ignite the imagination.

A small enough attendance had to endure some unpleasant weather on the afternoon but the intrepid punter among them fared pretty well with 6 winning favourites fairly routing the few enough bookies in the ring at the course. Some weekend rain saw the word Firm taken out of the going with Good ground on offer keeping everyone happy.

Co Kildare based trainer Dessie Hughes is a regular visitor to the South East and is in the top five most successful trainers at

He struck again on Bank Holiday Monday when his 2/1 joint favourite Seefood took the Listed MW Hickey Memorial Chase run over 3 miles 1 furlong.

This race , the only Black Type race on the calendar at the track and its most valuable pot saw just four horses declared to face the starters flag.

With prize money down to fourth place it was a little unfortunate that the outsider of the quartet , Pollywollydoodle refused to participate and had the forgo the best paid gallop she might ever have had!

Noel Meades , Thomond set the early pace until Barry Geraghty sent Seefood to the front 4 fences from home and pretty much finished the race as a contest coming home 39lengths clear.

The 7 year old son of Kahyasi was winning his sixth career race with his Maynooth, Co Kildare based owners Dan and Margaret Houlihan of the Lyreen Syndicate pleased to have picked up such a nice prize.

Sandra Hughes who was on hand to represent the absent winning trainer stated “He loves that ground , but I am not sure how much longer we can get it at this time of year. He needed that trip, as he was a 3 mile hurdler he is clearly a 3 mile chaser.”

With a mile less to travel in the Jim Whitty Memorial Beginners Chase, the Whitford Hotel sponsored 2miles 1furlong contest saw Gordon Elliott’s, Crown Theatre , sent off the 9/4 favourite under Paul Carberry.

With San Miedo and The Mooch sharing the lead, Carberry had the Kings Theatre out the back and according to Carberry ” He jumped really well and we went on after great leaps at the third or fourth last as I didn’t want to disappoint him”

Owned by Dublin based Anthony O’Sullivan the 5 year old has been on the go all summer who benefited from from a previous steeplechasing experience in Perth to add to his Downpatrick hurdle win in October.

Racing got underway at 1.15 with the Garryrichard Stud Colt and Geldings Maiden over 2miles 2furlongs. Here Stonehall Jack was sent off the 7/2 on favourite under Barry Geraghty and duly won for Davy Fitzgerald.

The Co Limerick based trainer quickly indicated afterwards ” I needed that win more than him. But he was not winning out of turn, he really should have won before now, but he needs to settle”

Geraghty pretty much made all the running on the Ann and Alex McCarthy homebred 5 year old Gamut gelding coming home in front of Slyguttou and an eyecatching Benahavis. Fitzgerald added “Thats it for now, we will give him a break”

Denis Cullen and Adrian Lynch teamed up to take the JJ Byrne Subaru Maiden Hurdle with Whipper Boy.

This 95 rated flat performer , a 4 year old son of Whipper had some uninspiring hurdle form prior to winning here at 10/1.

Martina Doran’s locally trained Burlesdon put up a very forward showing here under Mikey Fogarty but they were unable to hold off the finishing pace of Whippers Boy who won by 2 and a half lengths.

Speaking afterwards, winning trainer Denis Cullen stated ” I am delighted, he has had issues with his jumping. He wad sticky over the plastic hurdles but he warmed up well here. The long run in from the last here suited , so we will see where we go”

Just 3 horses raced for the €12,000 pot of the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle with Aidan O’Briens Draco leading all the way, adding to his August win at Bellewstown here at 7/4 favourite.

The 5 year old son of Hernando has been a little disappointing to date but winning jockey Robbie Power indicated “He was free early on, but settled. He has grown up an awful lot and will be a nice horse in six months”

The conditional jockeys were given the stage in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle run over 2 miles 4 furlongs.

Jonathon Burke is a rising star and the young Cork man added another winner here when winning on Bank Bonus for Co Kilkenny based Eoin Griffin.

The 5 year old Motivator gelding started was bred by the Queen of England and is now owned by a Waterford based syndicate of owners including International soccer player John O’Shea and his brother Alan.

Eoin O’Griffin noted ” He really likes summer soft ground but its nice to finally get a win. Johnny gave him a great ride.”

Peter Nolan Bloodstock sponsored the concluding bumper which saw father and son partnership of Ronnie and Johnnie O’Neill team up to win with Bay Sly. This home bred 7 year old son of Stowaway will head to Doncaster Sales according to winning trainer Ronnie O’Neill.



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