Monday, 30 March 2015

Locally-owned horses in action in Galway

This weekend racing continues today and tomorrow in Killarney with the final two days of the old Tralee Festival. There is also racing at Down Royal tomorrow. The three-day August meeting starts in Ballybrit on Saturday tapes across for the first at 2.55 pm and continues on Sunday starting at 2.25 pm – both national hunt cards – and finishes on level on Monday stalls open for the first at 4.20 pm. There is also racing at Headquarters in the Curragh on Sunday – first away at 2.15 pm and on Monday at Downpatrick with the first in an all jump card off at 2.35 pm. 

  The first two day of Galway sees a couple of local owned horses out starting with Bat Masterson in the opener on Saturday for the Queen Maeve Syndicate. On Sunday the David Kelly trained Like The Da is entered in the 2m handicap hurdle and Murdeach Kelly has Jozara in the Beginners Chase. If you are having a bet on Saturday Dermot Welds Natural High, a summer winner here, looks a good thing at a short price and Michael Flannery’s Second Glance might just be worth that in the 2m 2f handicap hurdle. Second recently to a stable mate Long Wait in Roscommon he came good last week in Ballinrobe and could do so again. He was bought by Flannery, who trains in Ballinrobe, to run and win on local tracks for father and son team Brendan Gutherie Snr and Jnr from Castlebar. Niall Madden’s Aniama was disappointing 2nd in Roscommon last run and should go one better in the Beginners Chase on Sunday. 

  In headquarters on Sunday P. J. Condron’s mare Invincible Ash, back from her fruitless trip across the pond for the Nunthorpe where she did not run due to ground conditions, is entered in the Group 3 Flying Five Stakes and will go close if the ground stays good to firm. In the Cambridgeshire Joe Daly’s Simla Sunset takes on recent Lenebane winner Miranda’s Girl trained outside Athlon by Tom Cleary. The ground conditions would want to change for the Athlone mare but Simla Sunset should run a big race. 

The Aintree Grand National

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  Pyrrha sustained a fractured pelvis when contesting the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and has had to be put down. "It was a sad end for a filly who had given all her connections such tremendous fun and excitement through her career. Everyone here was very upset on hearing the news” said her trainer Chris Hall. 

General news   

Young jockey Willy Twiston-Davies took a heavy fall on his lower left leg when he came off Ballygulleen at the second fence in the conditional jockeys' handicap chase earlier this week. The 16-year-old son of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies was just back after returning from a 4 month long-term injury to the same leg. 

  The Vincent Ward trained Fictional Account will lock horns with Fame And Glory again in the Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh on 10th September. The mare caused a huge shock  beating Aidan O'Brien's Ascot Gold Cup winner in a trial for the final Irish Classic of the season last Saturday's race at headquarters earning a spot in the big race if they were not already entered, Ward is happy to let the six-year-old daughter of Stravinsky take her chance. 

  "She'll go for the Leger next, The Doncaster Cup was to be her aim but we get a free entry to the Leger now so we have to go there really" said Ward.

  Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux, fifth in France on Sunday in a rough race, will also go for the Irish Field St Leger according to the trainer. The who won the Curragh Cup over the St Leger course and distance in June finished 5th in Deauville four lengths behind runaway winner Jukebox Jury in the Group 2 Darley Prix Kergorlay.

  With Cheltenham still in the distant future Peddlers Cross, beaten a length and a quarter by Hurricane Fly in the Champion last March, is favourite for the Irish Independent-sponsored Arkle at a general 8-1, but is also prominent in the RSA market at around 12-1. Donald McCain, whose six-year-old signed off last season with a disappointing run at Aintree behind Oscar Whisky is looking at the Prestbury Park Festival already saying "I would be amazed if he went to the RSA. It seems as if the Arkle is best suited for him."

Competition Time 

We have three pairs of tickets up for grabs for the next meeting at Lenebane on 5th September, compliments of Micheal Finneran. To win all we want to know is which team, flat or national hunt, won the jockeys challenge at Lenebane last Monday week? 

  Answers please on a postcard to The Roscommon People, Abbey Street Roscommon or by email to by close of business on Friday. Include your name, address and a contact phone number, a must as tickets must be collected in our offices on Monday.