Monday, 30 March 2015


Horses for Courses


This weekend’s action

This evening (Thursday) racing in Ireland is at Tipperary or Limerick Junction as it was once known with a national hunt card starting at 5.40 pm. Tomorrow sees racing in Foxrock at Leopardstown (6.05 pm) featuring two listed races, the Savel Beg Stakes and the Nijinsky Stakes with music in the Big Top by Bi-polar Empire. Saturday features racing on the level at Proudstown Park outside Navan starting at 2.00 pm. Sunday racing is at headquarters in the Curragh at 2.20 pm and Monday sees the start of the two day June meeting at Lenebane featuring the Connaught National sponsored by The Tote with a start with racing again on Tuesday evening. 

Review and News 

Camelot’s quest for the Triple Crown in British racing won’t be decided until September but the American Triple Crown at Belmont on Saturday when Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another tries exactly that in the Belmont Stakes for trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez last completed by Affirmed in 1978.

  Aidan O’Brien continued on his quest for classic glory, making 4four out of four across channel with the outsider was winning the Investec Oaks at Epsom under Seamie Heffernan on Friday. On Saturday O’Brien won his 4th English classic with the odds on favourite Camelot’s in the Investec Derby ridden by his 19-year-old son. They are the first father and son combination to win the Derby coming home by from Main Sequence and stable mate Astrology by 5l and a short head. The big question now is can Camelot, at very prohibitive odds of 1/3, complete the Triple Crown in the St Leger, last achieved by Nijinsky in 1970, and give O’Brien senior not only the Triple Crown but also a clean sweep of the English classics this season. For good measure the O’Brien duo won the Group 1 Jubilee Coronation Stakes with St Nicholas Abbey on Saturday.

  The combination did not have lady luck on their side in the Prix du Jockey Club, the French Derby when in a very rough race Imperial Monarch suffered major interference and was shunted to the back of the field. The race going to the outsider Saonois trained by J-P Gauvain in France with O’Brien’s colt eventually running on well to finish 8th of the 20 runners.

Much to celebrate locally

On the local scene there were great celebrations in Garvey’s of Ballintober when Nurse Ryan got rid of her maiden tag at Down Royal on Friday evening. One of only two horses in training with Martin Hassett in Tipperary the mare won by ½l and 1¾l from Rockazar and Zaralabad ridden by Shane Hassett, the trainer’s nephew. She is owned by Tom Garvey’s son Damien in partnership with Yvonne Ryan.

  On Tuesday evening in Downpatrick Moncherie trained by J Fogarty and owned by P J Condron from Oran finished 3rd in the Beginners Chase beaten 8½l and 5½l by Shabra Charity and Latin Connection. The winner who was bred by Frank Campbell from Castlerea out of the unraced mare Leighlin Bridge and is trained by Oliver Brady and had finished 3rd in Kilbeggan on Sunday.

  Those of you that want a good night out on Thursday June 14th can go racing to Leopardstown for an early evening card, 4.45 pm start when 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 9.45pm and a live concert with The Original Rude Boys, all for €15. Well-done Leopardstown.

Roscommon Monday and Tuesday

The feature race on Monday is the Tote sponsored Connaught National over 3m 2f with twenty-eight entries and there should be a full complement of sixteen runners. First out of stalls are the 3-Y-O+ colts and geldings racing over 7f in the EBF Maiden followed by a 7f handicap for 4-Y-O+. The EBF again sponsor the 3rd race over 1m 2f for 3-Y-O+ with fillies getting a 5lb allowance. Diageo sponsor the 4th race the Budweiser Handicap again over 1m 2f.

The national hunt racing starts with the Novice Chase over 2m sponsored by local dealers Dermot Hughes Toyota Car Sales followed by the feature race. Racings on Monday with a beginners cages over 2m 5f. 

Tuesday is Girls Night Out with the races starting with an EBF sponsored maiden over 7f for 3-Y-O+ followed by a 1m 4f handicap for 4-Y-O+. The feature race is next up a 1m 4f extended handicap sponsored by the Roscommon Herald for 3-Y-O+ to end the flat racing. 

First up in the national hunt races is the Sean Naughton Auctioneers Maiden Hurdle over 2m followed by the Gerry Igoe Land Drainage Handicap Hurdle over 2m. Gerry carried out all the drainage on the racetrack. Next up is the Abbey Hotel Handicap Hurdle over 2m 4f and racing finishes with a 2m bumper.

  The best-turned out horse in each race is sponsored by Jimmy Murray Agri Supplies on Monday and by Keen Print Roscommon on Tuesday. There is the usual draw for free bets on the race card, and music after the penultimate race in the main bar by Henry and the Usual Suspects. The main bar has under gone extensive renovations since that last meeting in keeping with the committee’s policy of improvement for all punters. Ladies come along early to Roscommon on Tuesday evening and enjoy a great night out for just €5 to go racing and enjoy the craic.

Point-to-Point Action

At a wet and windy Kinsale on Saturday Derek O’Connor won the first on Takemetotheisland for local handler Robert Tyner. Jamie Codd took the second on Zatopec, James Hannon won the third on Coursey Rover and Codd won the last three races on Woodford County, Nearly A Dream and Found It to complete a treble. 

  On Sunday the Ballingarry meeting was postponed to next Saturday starting at 12.00 while racing went ahead at Kinsale where Barry O’Neill rode the first winner aboard Colin Bowe trained Pure Style and Derek O’Connor replied in the 2nd winning on Robert Tyner’s Presenting Rebel in the Jack Tyner Memorial Race.

  On Monday at Ballingarry, Katie Walsh won the Ladies Open on Battlefront trained by her father Ted. Battlefront was winning for a record 8th time and is assured the accolade of Horse of the Year in this sphere. Katie rode the horse in 7 of his eight wins with her sister-in-law Nina Carberry proving an able substitute at Stradbally last month.

 Going into the last day on Saturday Derek O’Connor holds an unassailable lead of 22 over Jamie Codd in 2nd place on 47 one ahead of Barry O’Neill in 3rd. In the race for the ladies Katie Walsh is also champion elect on 15 with the injured Liz Lalor in 2nd place 6 behind.  

  In the race for the handlers, trainers, title Robert Tyner has stretched his lead over Colin Bowe to five on twenty-nine winners and will take catching and in the novice riders championship Murphy still leads Watters by two on ten winners and with up to ten races possible on Saturday, is the only championship that look still alive. The annual dinner dance takes place on Saturday night in Silver Springs Hotel in Cork and is sold out.

Competition Time

  The winners of the three pairs of tickets to Roscommon on Monday and Tuesday are Patrick Keegan, Beechwood, Joe Rooney, Oran and Mary Kelly, Creggs who all knew that the feature race of the meeting is The Connaught National. Please collect you tickets in the office from this afternoon onwards.

 The sixteen qualifiers for the Tote Ireland Competition are Catherine Egan, Brideswell, Patrick Keegan, Beechwood, Mary Morris, Roscommon, Declan Dillon, Fuerty, Matt Jennings, Claremorris, Paul Connolly, Fuerty, Emer Kelly, Ballinasloe, Lisa Jordan Brid Miller, Castlecoote, Anthonine Winston, Roscommon, David Diffley, Roscommon, Maura McGrath, Mountbellew, Daniel Cunniffe, Kiltoom, Richard McGrath, Mountbellew, John Jordan, Loughglynn and Cahal O’Brien, Ballintober. 

  And the winners can collect their tickets from the office from tomorrow Friday morning onwards. Your nominated horse or number of the horse will be also in allocated in you envelope along with instructions.

Issue dated: 08 June 2012
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