Horses for Courses
This weekends action
This evening racing in Ireland is in Foxrock at Leopardstown with a flat card starting at 16.50 pm. The Summer Big Top will be transformed into a sea of green for the evening as the full card of racing is followed by the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier between Ireland and Spain match at 7.45pm and a live concert with The Original Rude Boys, all for €15.
Tomorrow sees racing on the level at Navan starting at 2.30 pm and at Powerstown Park in Clonmel with a barbeque and the Euro Football Championship matches will be shown in the bars. On Saturday national hunt racing takes place at Limerick near Patrickswell at Greenmount Park, first away at 5.55 pm. Sunday racing is on the level at Mallow in Cork stalls for the first open at 2.10 pm. There is racing on Tuesday evening at The Cleveragh in Sligo.
Next week is also Royal Ascot across the channel and sees the first appearance of the Australian super filly Black Caviar in Europe. She runs in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.
Fame And Glory attempts to retain his Gold Cup crown and Jamie Spencer, his partner for next Thursday’s Royal Ascot race, is optimistic.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien for at Coolmore Fame And Glory is as low as 6-4 on some books for the 2m4f Group 1 race.
The cold has won both of his starts at Ascot last season, including the Gold Cup, and made a winning comeback under jockey Joseph O’Brien at Navan last month.
Last Monday’s meeting went ahead despite the poor weather Tuesday’s meeting was not so lucky. Following heavy rain on Monday night, which continued on Tuesday morning, the meeting eventually had to be abandoned. The track drainage system had coped with the heavy weekend rain to allow racing on Sunday but with 5mm (2 inches) of rain falling on Sunday night and continued into the morning racing was impossible ion Monday.
Racing took place on Monday with conditions soft on the flat track and good to soft on the chase course. The second running of the Tote Connaught National took place and the holder of the crown Campbonais put up a brave attempt to retain his crown finishing second. The JP McManus owned Aniama, who is trained and ridden by Niall Madden, trainer Boots Madden and son Slippers, won the race. Joining the eventual 3rd, Our Victoria at the last the winner stayed on well to hold the closing Campbonais by ½l with the third horse ¾l away.
Racing opened with a win for the Dessie Hughes trained Our Conor by a neck and 2l from Consonance and King Is Ring in the colts and geldings 7f maiden. The second, a 7f handicap, was won by the Jimmy Coogan trained Theyturnedmedown with the favourite Mountain Mama back in second and third Eja Eja beaten 2l and 4¾l. Leigh Roche from outside Abbeyknockmoy in Galway rode the winner. The auction maiden over 1m 2f was won by the first favourite of the day when Jessica Harrington’s Violent lashes carried Fran Berry to victory over Dougal Philips and Bubblesforbarbara by 4l and 4¾l. The winner did well as she got loose at the start and did not settle well in the stalls.
The days flat racing ended with a 1m f handicap which landed a nice gamble, backed from 16’s morning price to 6’s co-favourite. Trained by Austin Leahy and ridden by young claimer Marc Foley the combination won by ½l and 1½l from Lethal Weapon and Liberty’s Gift.
National hunt racing, all over the major obstacles, opened with the Dermot Hughes Toyota Novice chase won by the Mouse Morris trained David Casey ridden Baily Green by from Galloping Gander and Absolutelyfantastic by 4l and 1¾l. The winner, who made all, was winning for the second time at the track having won here for the same connections in May. Amiama won the Tote Connaught National. The beginners’ chase was divided with the first division going to the favourite Laganbank trained by and ridden by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh. The second division saw Jessica Harrington complete a jumps/flat double when Bullock Power with Robbie Power in the plate won by 2¾l and 1½l from Oscor’s Business and Louhghnagall.
HRI have announced that there will be an additional race at each of the following two meetings at Cork on Sunday 17th June 2012 and at Wexford on Wednesday 20th June 2012.
Let us hope that the HRI also consider the punters and give a summer replacement meeting to the Roscommon track, which is proving one of the best for attendance in the country thanks to a very progressive committee and manager.
Point-to-Point Final Report
The final point-to-point of the season at Ballingarry last Saturday had to be abandoned due to safety concerns.
The bridge close to the finish caused three incidents, one in the first, second and fourth races. In the first race Abigail Lynch slipped up at the bridge and in the second race Laura McMahon was taken to hospital was a suspected fractured collarbone after Janeylad also slipped up on the bridge. The third went off without incident and in the 1st division of the 4th Jansboy slipped up and after examining the conditions and consulting with jockeys the meeting was abandoned.
Racing opened with an outsider Ittimetogo winning for PJ O’Neill and the both runner up Jamie Codd, on Foreverpresenting, and the champion Derek O’Connor, on Hoopy, rode winners. The final race of the season, Div I of the 5-Y-O geldings maiden went to PA King aboard Big Jer.
The season ended with Derek O’Connor winning the title for the year in a row with 70 winners and Jamie Codd once again the bridesmaid 22 behind. Considering he was out injured for a major part of the season this was a fantastic accomplishment by O’Connor proving once again he has no equal in the sphere. Katie Walsh won the ladies title with a very respectable 15 winners and LC Murphy won the novice riders title with 10.
The handler’s title went to Robert Tyner from Kinsale who trained 29 winners with Colin Bowe 5 behind in second place.
The accolade of the Horse of the Season went to the eight times winner Battlefront trained by Ted Walsh who gave Katie 7 of her 15 winners. Backstage and Tammy’s Hill both won 6 races. Quiet Sunday’s for all afficonados of the game but the end of September will be with us before we know it.
We have 3 pairs of tickets up for grabs to Kilbeggan on Monday the 25th June and to win please let us know which horse won the feature race, The Tote Connaught National last Monday at Lenebane? Answers please on a post card to The Roscommon People, Abbey Street Roscommon or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2.00 pm Wednesday the 20th June.
Issue dated: 15 June 2012
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