By TOM RED
This weekend’s action: This evening (Thursday) racing in Ireland is at Leopardstown with a flat card starting at 5.55 pm. There is also racing on the all-weather at Dundalk when there is also greyhound racing. Tomorrow (Friday) sees two national hunt meetings at Mallow in Cork starting at 5.35 pm and also at Downpatrick, first away at 2.30 pm. On Saturday the action is at Tipperary where racing is on the level starting at 2.15 pm. On Sunday there are 2 meetings down for decision on the flat at 2.35 pm in Fairyhouse and over the sticks in the west at the Cleveragh in Sligo starting at 2.55 pm.
Trainer John Oxx is making a habit of winning the Listed Lenebane Stakes in Roscommon. The Ben Curtis ridden Aklan trained in the Curragh made all and in a cracking finish just held off the late challenge of Michael Halford trained Massiyn, the favourite, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, by a short head to give Oxx his 4th win in the last 5 runnings of the race. Oxx was 2nd with Haziyna in last year’s race. Eternal Bounty was 3rd a further head away. Both the winner and runner up are owned by His Highness The Aga Khan.
Racing started with the Aidan O'Brien's Count of Limonade made all to win the 7f maiden by 3¾l from the well fancied favourite Daymooma, with outsider My Rules 2½l back in 3rd. The winner, the only runner from 6 horses entered in the race by Ballydoyle, looks a useful sort and should win some valuable races. Hard Yards won the 2nd again making all to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden for trainer Andrew Oliver and jockey Chris Hayes.
Better known in national hunt circles Willie Mullins has a good strike rate on the flat and was on the mark with Tarla, off the track for 2 years, who easily landed the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Maiden under Pat Smullen for owner Susanna Ricci.
Cheval Rouge won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap for trainer Harry Rogers and claiming jockey Sam James, getting the better of Gra Geal Mo Chroi by three-quarters of a length. Theyturnedmedown repeated last year’s win in the Supervalu's Roscommon Handicap for trainer Jimmy Coogan and jockey Leigh Roche from outside Abbeyknockmoy. In the last Willie Mullins was again on the mark when Call Me Bubbles completed a double for all connections of Tarla winning by the shortest of short heads from Beach Of Falesa from Ballydoyle with Joseph O’Brien in the plate. The angle at Lenebane proved difficult once again with most punters, including race commentator Jerry Hannon and cameramen from ATR, of the opinion that O’Brien had held on.
Racing was abandoned again at Fairyhouse on Tuesday but went ahead at Lenebane starting with a maiden hurdle and Medicinal Compound, an English import from Kevin Ryan’s stable, having his 2nd run for Eric McNamara, showed a lot of improvement to win from the Tony Martin stablemates Tepalo and Mulleady by 2l and 5l. Paul Townend, rider of Mulleady, was suspended for 3 days for his ride on the third home.
Willie Mullins continued his good run when Letherbelucky won the Oran Novice Hurdle. In a hot contest the mare won her 3rd out of 4 races beating Audrelles Lad and Reafadda, both winners this season, 4½l and 6½l. This is one for the fast approaching Galway note book
The James Nash trained Moscow Storm won the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Ben Dalton from The Bishop's Day and Mallowney by 5½l and 4l.
The feature race of the day was for the Leo Dolan, former chairman of the race committee, Memorial Handicap Hurdle and the prize was won by the Cecil Ross trained veteran, the 11-Y-O, Our Eric. Trained at Slanemore outside Mullingar the horse is obviously enjoys the Roscommon air having won his point to point at Lisbride and his novice hurdle at Lenebane.
Robbie Colgan rode a patient race to challenge long-time leader Boland's Corner approaching the last and going clear for a 3l win with Doroob 2½l further back. Jockey Paddy Flood who finished 4th, beaten a neck, on Bean Chroi Bhriste was suspended for 5 days for not riding out the finish.
Ross came desperately close to a double In the Pyramid Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle the Peter Fahey Andalucia Lady deprived Cecil Ross of a double when just hanging on for a head victory over Queen Of Hardship and In The Haven was 3rd.
In an incident-packed penultimate race, a 2m 4f bumper, Willie Mullins trained his 5th winner of the meeting when Connaught Manor easily won in the hands of son Patrick by 14l and 22l from Top Cat Henry and Really Smart. The main talking point in this race was the melee at the 2nd last bend when Lismacbryan Sue slipped up bringing down Thunder Hill and Jog Along Jack. The stewards were busy again and Joe Burns, rider of the runner-up, was suspended for 3 days as a result of the steward’s inquiry into the incident for careless riding.
In the closing race a 2m bumper for lady riders the punters again got the better of the layers when their darling Nina Carberry won aboard the Charlie Swan trained, JP McManus owned mare Freefairngenuine was again an easy winner by 11l and ½l from Turtle Mist and Luso’s Way.
Talking with various people in game there were nothing but complimentary comments in relation to the recent improvements carried out to the track and facilities at Lenebane. Well done to Michael Finneran, the committee and all the staff who brought these about.
British trainers withdrew all bar one horse from the final race at Worcester last night in protest against poor prize money. 11 of the 12 runners for the race were declared non-runners leaving just the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Moulin De La Croix to line up and collect the £3,000 prize money which will probably go to charity.
Protest organiser Charlie Mann gave notice last week that the £3,000 Novices' Hurdle was a potential target for action because it was £900 below the tariff set by the Horsemen's Group. Originally the race was to be boycotted completely but there was change of plan last night with the walkover now costing Worcester £3,000. The standoff could have been avoided if Worcester put up another £900 into the prize fund. The problem of poor prize money was sorted out on the flat when top owner Sheikh Mohammed refused to run his charges in below tariff races.
Amateur jockey Graham Watters is out of action for a while with a confirmed fractured wrist after being brought down on Thunder Hill in the bumper at Roscommon on Tuesday. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.
The best dressed lady crown stayed in Roscommon when Elaine Doran from Golf Links Road won the prize sponsored by Littlewoods. Well done to Elaine.
Ladies if you failed to win at Roscommon keep your finery to hand as on Friday week, the 20th, it is Ladies Day at Kilbeggan where there are prizes worth over €2,000 up for grabs including a €1,000 voucher for Dundrum Shopping Centre in Dublin and prizes from The Wineport Lodge and the following week on Thursday it Ladies Day at Ballybrit in Galway sponsored by Anthony Ryans with a prize fund worth over €10,000. We will look at the racing at Kilbeggan next week which features the Midlands National sponsored by Gigginstown Stud.
The winners of the 3 pairs of tickets for Roscommon last Monday and Tuesday were Declan Dillon, Fuerty, Melissa Hoare, Roscommon and James Kelly, Roscommon.
This week we have 3 pairs of tickets for the meeting at Kilbeggan on Friday week when it will be Ladies Day. To win a pair of tickets for this meeting we want to know which shopping centre is involved with sponsoring Ladies Day at Kilbeggan on Friday 20th July? Answers please on a postcard to The Roscommon People, Abbey Street Roscommon or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 pm on Wednesday the 18th July. Don’t forget to include your name, address and a contact phone number and only one entry allowed per person or email address is allowed, double entry will result in disqualification.
Issue dated: 13 JULY 2012
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