3 meetings were held on Sunday, as per usual I was at the Cork meeting which was at Aghabullogue, others also present were David Nicholson and the triumphant Munster rugby team.
Left handed track, 16 fences. Each race begins at start of homestraight, they
jump 2 in straight either side of winning post, then turn uphill to jump 3 in
the back straight on a continuous climb, followed by a bendy run down to return to
homestraight. They jump the first fence 4 times, also the last fence. A good test of
jumping in backstraight.
Going soft, the best so far this year.
6 races no divides
Race 1-- Mares Maiden 5/6 only.
Race 2--Geldings maiden 5/6 only (Powers qualifier)
Race 3-- Open (no pens)
4 ran. Two no hopers with Gerry Cully supplying the 2 principals-- Legal Storm(2/1-5/1) and False Tail (1/2--1/5).
Not surprisingly these 2 dominated with False Tail who jumped stickily early on, warming to his task, and eventually outclassing his stablemate for an easy success. False Tail gave Damien Murphy a quick double and run on top of his second to Sheltering last week, ranks him highly amongst the Open horses and he may even collect a Hunters Chase in the next few months.
Race 4--Geldings maiden 7+
Race 5--Mares Maiden 7+
(1) Dinsey Finnegan(D Murphy)
(2) Castle Doret
(3) Kings Equerry
The first Limerick meeting of the season was held at Askeaton on
This meeting was in doubt due to frost and eventually went ahead half an hour late, but some trainers including Enda Bolger withdrew their runners due to concern with the prevailing conditions.
The meeting proved to be a bonanza for jockey Davy Russell who recorded a 4 timer. He had an easy success on the Thomond O Mara trained Commanche Country in a weak 3 runner winner of one contest. The winner had little difficulty dismissing the challenge of Le Cabre D'Or.
In the 3rd race Davy steered Father Andy to an easy success in the Open, and the jockey teamed up with that ones trainer Michael Hourigan to win race 4 the confined maiden on newcomer Mighty Monefacto who got the better of Muskerry Express in a tight finish.
Russell's 4 timer was completed in Div 2 of race 5 the 7+ geldings maiden when the well exposed Bucks Son finally got his neck in front, precisely by that margin.
The trainer of Bucks Son Brian Moran had himself partnered the winner of the first division of race 5 on the impressive debutant Lord Reynella who trounced the Flavin trained Times Past and Inis Eile(6 Peacock,M Hourigan).
Jockey James Carroll also had a day to remember recording his first ever point to point double with River Bailiff in Race 2 and Corso Umberto in the concluding mares maiden. River Bailiff(5 Over The River) trained by Ron Flavin's father had ran in 3 good quality 4 year old races last year, and certainly looks up to making his mark as a chaser on the track proper, I wouldn't be surprised to see him with possibly Phillip Hobbs sooner rather than later.
Race 1Winners Of One
Race 2Geldings Mdn 5 yr only
Race 4Confined Maiden 5+
Race 5Geldings Maiden 6+
(1) Bucks Son (D Russell)
(2) Carry's Clover
(3) Hairoil Hannigan
The initial Leinster meeting of 2001 also just survived the frost to go ahead at
Tinahely in Wicklow.
There were only 6 races with no divides, surprising for this popular track.
Last years Listowel Hunter Chase winner Tenshookmen (7 Cardinal Flower) won the Open for the second year running just outpointing Over To Bens by a length.
The Wexford regions top trainer for many years Padge Berry got off the mark for the year when Ruby Gate (6 Rashar) landed a good Powers Qualifier at the expense of newcomer Perouges Prince. Ruby Gate is a fine strapping chasing sort who was pulled up in his only 2 previous outing last year, having shown a deal of promise in both. A winners race now beckons.
Padge Berry was hoping to complete a double later in the afternoon with last years Lingstown winner Moral Justice (8 Lafontaine), but he hadn't the ammunition to cope with Orlando Magic in the winners of one.
Pat Cloke told me at Lisgoold that he had a decent mare in Forgeside Express (well bred 6 Insan), and true to his word Pat partnered( and trained) her to any easy win in the 6 year old mares race. Its a pithy I wasn't at Tinahely to get some of the 6/1 that was available about the mare in the ring!!.
Gordon Elliott also got off the mark for 2001 in the older mares maiden when producing a calm piece of riding to steer Pats Darling (7 Supreme Leader) home. This win will no doubt boost the paddock value of this full sister to the highly regarded but ill fated mare Patsy's Darling.
Race 2Geldings Maiden 5/6(Powers)
Race 3Mares Maiden 6 only.
Race 4Winners of One
Race 5Geldings Maiden 7/8.
Race 6Mares Maiden 7/8.