A winner or two worth reminding you of at Galway, Goodwood and beyond!

@talkinhorses_ie: @BallylinchStud Co Kilkenny stallion Lope De Vega sires Royal Razalma @Goodwood_Races to win for Jonathan Portman and @RKingscote

@talkinhorses_ie: Magique by @IrishNatStud Garryrichard Stud Co Wexford stallion Jeremy wins @Goodwood_Races for @JeremyNoseda and Jimmy Fortune

@talkinhorses_ie: Tullogher House Stud Co Kilkenny based Royal Anthem sires Mia’s Anthem to win @PerthRacecourse for Noel Kelly and Derek Fox

@talkinhorses_ie: Co Wexford native ,newly honoured , Dr JS Bolger breeds @Galway_Races winner Cairdiuil for Iggy Madden and Wayne Lordan @careyannlordan

@talkinhorses_ie: Co Kilkenny owner/trainer Kevin O’Donnell wins @Galway_Races with Sophie’s World by Captain Rio @BallyhaneStud for Sean Corby at 14/1.

@talkinhorses_ie: @LizDoyleRacing based in Co Wexford strikes gold with Cacheofgold @Galway_Races with @JohnnyBurke2 at 12/1.



Just a little Tweet before bedtime!

@talkinhorses_ie: Kool Kompany strikes in France for Hannon/Hughes for Group 2 win for JEREMY sire @IrishNatStud standing at Garryrichard Stud Co Wexford.

@talkinhorses_ie: @tipperaryraces winner for Co Kilkenny based Garrett Power and Brian O’Connell with Lilly The Lioness at 4/1.

@talkinhorses_ie: Macbride completes bumper treble @tipperaryraces for Sarah O’Brien @aobrienfansite and JP McManus.

@talkinhorses_ie: @stratfordraces winner Sur La Mer for @Dannskelton Harry Skelton by Garryrichard Stud Co Wexford stallion Craigsteel expt2pter for JA Berry.

@talkinhorses_ie: Pt2Pt winner One More Tune by Luso bred Frank /Nick Sinnott @WexfordRacecour wins on debut @NewtonAbbotRace for @Nick_Scholfield PHenderson.

@talkinhorses_ie: @BallylinchStud Co Kilkenny home bred Witches Brew wins for Eddie Lynam and Seamie Heffernan @curragh

@talkinhorses_ie: Nice @curraghrace double for Jackie Bolger with Intenser by Intense Focus @BallylinchStud for Duke/Cleary and Parish Hall for Bolger/Manning


Three Tweets from Kilbeggan on Midlands National Day!

@talkinhorses_ie: Caim Hill takes Midlands National @KilbegganRaces for Carrick on Suir Co Tipperary Philip Fenton and Co Kilkenny based Brian O’Connell.

@talkinhorses_ie: @RMMoran30 wins on Croghill Tuppence @KilbegganRaces at 20/1 for @Chucka_Berry JA Berry and Turbine Syndicate Wexford .

@talkinhorses_ie: Damefirth wins @KilbegganRaces for Co Waterford @HenrydeBromhead and Brian Hayes at 8/1. Building on placed form @WexfordRacecour


Another little bit of Twitter on Jeremy, Codd, Bolger and De Bromhead to keep everyone in the loop!

@talkinhorses_ie: Jeremy standing at Garryrichard Co Wexford @IrishNatStud sires Her Red Devil to win at Hamilton for @RichardFahey and George Chaloner.

@talkinhorses_ie: Chance to Dance an Eyecatcher on this blog wins again for JS Bolger Kevin Manning @LeopardstownRC at 5/1. @umanning1

@talkinhorses_ie: Co Waterford @HenrydeBromhead scores @killarney with debutante 4yo Solatentif for Alan and Ann Potts ridden by crack amateur David Roche

@talkinhorses_ie: Sizing Solution one of @CoddJJ 95 pt2pt winners wins @KillarneyRaces Jim Dreaper Andrew Lynch and Potts Partnership.

@talkinhorses_ie: Winner all right! @WexfordRacecour “winner” Shield gains compensation @killarney @aobrienfansite Aidan O’Brien JP McManus and Mark Walsh.


In case you missed these on Twitter earlier on!

Wins for Garryrichard Stud, Liz Doyle , Tom O’Brien, Tom Mullins and Ballyhane Stud!

@talkinhorses_ie: Garryrichard Stud Co Wexford stallion Craigsteel sires @WorcesterRaces winner Garnock for @tommyscu and @DavidBridgwater

@talkinhorses_ie: Hurry Kitty wins at 11/2 for @LizDoyleRacing @KillarneyRaces and @Lisa_0_Neill. Bred by Paddy and Harry Byrne at Meadow Park Stud, Co Carlow

@talkinhorses_ie: Baby Whizz scores @KillarneyRaces at 8/1 for JP McManus Co Kilkenny based Tom Mullins and jockey Mark Walsh

@talkinhorses_ie: Bumble Bay wins @UttoxeterRaces at 12/1 for Wexford man Tom O’Brien and Robert Stephens.

@talkinhorses_ie: Arakan standing @BallyhaneStud Co Carlow sires Formidableopponent former pt2pter to win @KillarneyRaces for Noel Meade and @paulcarberry


Its a pretty good Bastille Day for the South East!

Celebrating Bastille Day @BallyhaneStud stallion Dandy Man strikes @LingfieldPark with the 2 year The Dapper Tapper winning for @johnsonhoughton and Silvestre De Sousa.

Old Guard wins @LingfieldPark for @RogerCharlton and George Baker by Notnowcato standing @KnockhouseStud Co Kilkenny.

Lawman standing @BallylinchStud Co Kilkenny sires Orgilgo Bay to win at Downpatrick for @markbolger24 and John McConnell.

@gelliott_racing and @paulcarberry win with Swantykay at Downpatrick a 5 y o by Darsi standing at Patrick Kinsella’s Beechbrook Stud Co Wicklow.

I C Gold pt2pt winner for Co Wexford based trainer Donal O’Brien @willbiddick wins at Downpatrick for @gelliott_racing and @paulcarberry

Dashing Lady a pt2pt winner for Donnchadh Doyle @farmerdoyle1 @killeaghp2p 2013 wins @KillarneyRaces for @ronantynan J W Nicholson @MarkEnright

When you throw winners for Co Carlow based pair of Jim Bolger with the progressive Teocht and a pair of winners , Daisys Gift and Dancing Carlota for Willie Mullins at Killarney and its a pretty good Bastille Day for the South East !


A tweet of a Sunday rounds up my news of the day!

West Waterford pt2pter Stonemadforspeed wins @Southwell_Races for @AP_McCoy and John Flint.By Fruits of Love standing at Annshoon Stud , Co Kilkenny.

Jeremy standing at Garryrichard Stud Co Wexford for @IrishNatStud sires winner The Ring Is King @SligoRaces Paul Flynn and @kevinsexton94

Tom O’Brien a young Wexford man based in Britain takes takes the @stratfordraces Summer Cup on Fair Dilemma for Paul Henderson. 9/1 winner was pulled up at Lismore pt2p 2014!

Co Wexford based @colinboweracing and @bononeill1 pt2pter Theatrical Style wins the bumper @PerthRacecourse for @donaldmccain and @ndfehily

While Aidan O’Brien and Joseph share a double with a resurgent Darwin in the Listed Belgrave Stakes and the 5/1 on shot Cape Clear Island in the opening maiden at Fairyhouse as well.

With the Co Carlow yard of Jim Bolger continuing his hot streak with Teoirim winning under Ronan Whelan.

A tweet of a sunday rounds up my news of the day……….


Thats Racing by Numbers!

The Galway Racing Festival got a nice boost with the decision by Guinness to continue its sponsorship of the Galway Hurdle for another 5 years. With a €200,000 prize fund it continues the Guinness sponsorship link with Galway in place for 50 years.

Galileo the super sire has a wonderful winners to runners rate of 39% with 86 wins, 22 Stakes winners and €5.2 m in prizemoney in Europe to date! He is only 16, so Coolmore must hope for a few years more out of the son of Sadler’s Wells.

Interestingly Sadler’s Wells is the top Broodmare Sire this season so far, amassing 146 wins, 8 stakes winners and €3.02m.

Galileo is in 9th place in this table, so its looking like father, like son!

Racing cannot need money as €18,000 for 6th place is left unclaimed after the Irish Derby, as we only had 5 runners. Maybe Dubai Duty Free could sponsor 20 point to point races this autumn with the money saved? They would be guaranteed a race anyhow!

Pat Smullen is making a brave effort to regain the Jockey championship in Ireland , with his 50 wins putting him 12 clear of his wife’s nephew, Joseph O’Brien! With Galway still to come for Smullen its a title race to keep an eye on.

While Naas Racecourse finally came in from the cold after being granted its first Grade I race. The early January 2015 Slaney Novice Hurdle now boasts Grade 1 status, with the track more than deserving this upgrade.

Thats racing by numbers!


Fentons case has to be satisfactorily and transparently dealt with!

So the Philip Fenton case rumbles on and on after todays ruling in Court.

Fenton one of Irelands top amateur jockeys in his day and now a prominent trainer will see his case for alleged possession of banned substances continue in September.

Judge Terence Finn made a ruling today that a right existed to prosecute with proceedings continuing in September.

Following an inspection of Fentons yard in early 2012, by veterinary inspectors this case has rumbled on.

It came to prominence in springtime just before the Cheltenham Racing Festival 2014 when it went to court.

With Fenton at the time due to saddle a leading fancy in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the shape of Last Instalment, he was strongly supported by the horses owners Gigginstown House Stud as to his innocence.

With the British Horseracing Authorities bizarrely testing his festival runners prior to their running in March , the case itself was again delayed due to legal argument.

And now we are here! Two years and six months later……

With the judging promising to take it slowly!

This story will run and run with no ones name or reputation benefitting unless it is satisfactorily and transparently dealt with.


25 racedays offer an opportunity to put on your glad rags!

Go Racing launched a glossy brochure early in spring time outlining the summer festivals for 2014 and the Ladies Days planned for the summer season.

With every racecourse attempting to attract a few more racegoers the increase of organised days focussing on Ladies fashion has become well, fashionable!

28 race days have been scheduled and with the 3 meetings already having been held the 25 remaining ones are scattered liberally throughout the country over next few months ending in Listowel on the 19th of September at their Harvest meeting.

So for all of you that have an eye for fashion and an interest in frocks and bling, the prizes on offer range from €150 Crescent Mall for the Twilight Racing at Limerick to holidays and vouchers with the chances that Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on the 13th September likely to trump them all once prizemoney is confirmed.

Next weekend Down Royal will be busy as they stage their Summer Festival on the 21st with a great holiday prize on offer as part of their offering. While Littlewoods Ireland have their first day sponsoring Ladies Day at Gowran Park on the 22nd of this month with €2,400 on offer. With Roscommon, Wexford, Sligo, Kilbeggan, Tramore and Killarney all signed up for 2014 its a big commitment.

When you see that Irish Derby Day on the 28th has a substantial package on offer sponsored by Dubai Duty Free it wont be just the runners in the Derby that will be pampered for the big day at the Curragh.

With a whole mixture of competitions on offer from Dundalk on the 12th July, Killarney on the 17th, Tipperary on the 20th , Wexford on the 26th and Galway set to take centre stage on the 31st.

The Festival at Tramore is the biggest racing festival in the south east with the Ladies due to take to the imaginary catwalk on the 16th of August with Downpatrick putting on its glad rags on August Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland on the 25th of August.

Of course none of these days can be held without a celebrity input and 2014 is no different.

Expect to rub shoulders with such as Norah Casey, Sharon Smurfit, Marietta Doran, Kathryn Thomas, Yvonne Keating and Celia Holman Lee throughout the summer.

Days such as these are important to each and every racecourse and while many purists might frown at their inclusion anything that supports our racetracks should be supported.

So Ladies the choice is yours, do you want to support racing and in the process win some really nice prizes ?

Check out your local racecourse and Goracing.ie to find out how you can participate.