On Sunday at Roscommon, bookies had the better of the exchanges when only two favourites won and there was no local interest in any of the winners.
On Monday Paul Flynn from Longford trained Archie’s Boy to win the novice chase with Davy Russell aboard. The Handicap Chase provided a shock when Ballito owned, trained and bred by George Stanley, won at odds of 33/1.
Eddie O’Grady enjoyed a double firstly with Armarah ridden by Tom Treacy and then in the bumper when Kevin Power won with Clicksnmortar.
This weekend racing starts at Leopardstown this evening on the flat with the first off at 6.05 pm and tomorrow there is a flat card at the Navan starting at 5.55 pm and a national hunt card at Clonmel first off at 5.45 pm. On Saturday there is racing over the sticks at Limerick with first off at 6 pm.
Cork, or Mallow, with an all-flat card starting at 2.15 pm shares Sunday with Downpatrick’s all-jump meeting, first off at 2.30 pm. On Monday racing returns to the western circuit at Ballinrobe starting at 5.45 pm with, what is becoming a rarity in Irish racing, a mixed card.
Epsom Oaks and
Last Friday in the Epsom Oaks, Michael Bell added the race to his Derby win with Motivator when Sariska, the market leader won by a head and 2 1/2 l from Henry Cecli’s Midday and Barry Hill’s High Heeled.
On Saturday, in the blue riband of the English Flat, John Oxx and jockey Mick Kinane came with a late run to deny Aidan O’Brien victory on Sea of Stars. O’Brien provided the next four home in Fame And Glory, Masterofthehorse, Rip Van Winkle and Golden Sand, who ran the race of his life and is sure to make a very decent stayer in time. Kinane proved that he is a long way from finished delivering a well-timed finish on the winner.
In Chantilly on Sunday, O’Brien had to settle for place money again when his Westphalia ridden by Johnny Murtagh finished third to the two French horses, Le Harve and Fuisse in the Prix du Jockey Club or the French Derby. The winner was favourite and won by 1 1/2 lengths and the same.
Johnny Murtagh has failed in his bid to have the ban imposed at Epsom overturned and will miss the last two days of Royal Ascot next week. Murtagh received a five-day ban for his riding of Frozen Fire in the Coronation Cup. He also lost his deposit of £500.
Good to see that Kieran Fallon is back in action riding out and American trainer Wesley Ward employed his talents and those of fellow Irish jockey John Egan to work out on his horses Aegean and Jealous Again ahead of their running at next week’s Royal meeting.
Point to point
Last Saturday, the final point to point meeting of the season, at Laurencetown outside Ballinasloe, was abandoned, bringing the season to an end. The awards for the season were presented at the end of season dance at White’s Hotel in Wexford on Saturday night.
Winner of the Irish Field Leading Rider Award once again was Derek O’Connor from Tubber in Co. Galway. Derek, having first won the award in 2004 with a record 54 winners, was receiving the award for the sixth year in succession, breaking the record every season. This year Derek has pushed out the boundaries beyond the century mark with a fabulous 113 winners, an all-time record. As reported last week, this year’s Gain Leading Lady Rider Award was shared by Jennifer Pugh from Kildare and Liz Lalor from with eight winners each.
In the Gain Regional Awards Derek O’Connor is once again Northern and Western Champion, with his greatest rival Jamie Codd, second overall, filling top spot on the Eastern front and Mikey O’Connor, third overall, is the Southern Champion. Taking the Senior Champion Award was John Thomas McNamara.
There was a big entry for last week’s competition and the winners of tickets to Roscommon Races on Sunday and Monday were Eric Nugent from Athlone, Helen Martin from Knockcroghery and Sean Clogher who correctly answered the 7th June as Family Day. Well done to all.
Kilbeggan races will be back in action on Monday 22nd of this month and again we have three pairs of tickets for this all-national hunt meeting compliments of Paddy Dunican and his committee.
To win please let us know on what day of the week will the next Kilbeggan meeting be held? Answers on a post card to The Roscommon People, Harrison Court Roscommon or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Thursday 18th and don’t forget to include a contact phone number and the winners can pick up their tickets at the office on Friday the 19th.