Wojood and Hogan double
Tipperary racing scene
Rachael Blackmore picked up a fine spare due to injury to Denis O’Regan and enjoyed a rare assignment for Pat O’Donnell as Ardamir provided the coach with his first winner of the season National Hunt in the Broderick’s Electrical Claiming Hurdle. at Ballinrobe on Monday.
The Killenaule Grand National, Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle winning runner was happy to sit in the back until he progressed just past the halfway point of the two-mile contest, only taking it 150 meters from the last and continuing well to score by two and a half lengths.
Denis Hogan has been making a regular return to the winner’s enclosure as a jockey and trainer recently and he gave Daniel King his first over the hurdles win via Wojood in the Cummins Homevalue Hardware Handicap Hurdle. The six-year-old found plenty for his young driver, remaining sixth two from home, to lead close to home and eventually win by three-quarter lengths.
Junior Bee easily won the CJ Sheeran Ltd Handicap Hurdle for trainer Mark Molloy. Jordan Gainford did not get involved in the frantic pace of the start of the 2m 6f contest, only making his move on the penultimate flight, and Junior Bee sped up clearly, jumping the last like a cat to triumph over six and a half lengths.
Ben Coen had a great time and beat his previous best single-season winner tally at Gowran Park on Wednesday by persuading the Johnny Murtagh-trained Safecracker to beat his fellow Inuit favorite and claim the top mile prize – and -a- half McEnery Cup Handicap, endurance and attitude winning the day.
Carrick-On-Suir-based Kevin Coleman also got a good setting of his selected string and One Small Step relished the fast pitch while going right-handed to win the seven-stadia open week at Gowran Park Handicap on his final outing before going to breeding. Settling well towards the back of the eleven runner field for Seamie Heffernan before progressing smoothly to the pole vault two furlongs and finding plenty when asked to gain by half a length.
Nathan Crosse won the inaugural Irish EBF Supports Champions Weekend Maiden for fillies over nine furlongs with Believeinmiracles, trained by Willie McCreery, who savored the leg of the journey and was given a one-round peach by the stable’s apprentice ‘before. Cahir’s man demanded extra effort just inside the two poles and his partner asserted himself impressively.
Aidan O’Brien has combined wisely with Wayne Lordan for the past month or so and they did it again when Victoria Road won the Irish EBF series half-length Median Sires Maiden, the son of Saxon Warrior doing just about everything and keeping well under pressure to score on the fourth attempt.
The pair scored the double at Leopardstown 24 hours later as Maybe Just Maybe were forced to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’ Maiden over seven furlongs half a length behind stablemate and favorite Library. Lord Kanaloa’s daughter has come with a perfectly timed challenge to the library near her home.
And it was another filly with a strong Japanese influence, Only who delivered in the SA Horseraces of Greece Maiden for three-year-olds and up, the Deep Impact offspring out of the Classic winning mare Winter, who well broken and took the lead after two furlongs. Lordan asked Only to take the two rounds and she held on very well to win by a comfortable length and a quarter.
Ben Coen continued his good run, and the Shanghai Dragon trained by Johnny Murtagh illustrated an improving profile during the mandatory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap over a mile. Coen had the leaders in sight throughout and made his move in the final quarter mile, finally taking him over a furrow and galloping to the line a ready winner by a length and three quarters.
Shane Crosse clinched the Listed Jockey Club Of Turkey Vinnie Roe Stakes with progressive stayer Point King, who made three on the rebound. Joseph O’Brien’s colt savored the leg of the journey at 1m6f and galloped two and a quarter lengths over the line, Lacrosse not having to be too persuasive.
Bromhead’s Rachael Blackmore-Henry duo delivered their favorite supports in the Walter Halley Memorial Beginners’ Chase at the local Tramore on Thursday as True Faith triumphed by four and a quarter lengths. The light racing gelding was biding his time over the hurdles and clearly enjoying the taller obstacles, jumping well before Blackmore gave the signal to take the race by the scruff of the neck between the last two fences and quickly put the contest to bed .
Leslie Young also picked up a welcome winner and it was a deserved success for regular He’s Leading Me On in the Mary Hearn Memorial Handicap Hurdle under Conor McNamara. McNamara gave his mount the lead in the dive and only had to push the five-year-old to get a nine-length verdict.
On Friday, John Ryan took the EY Steeple Chase over 2m 5f at Tramore on Friday with the admirable Ferdia, Danny Mullins laying out a wide course before picking it up again before the penultimate, where long-time leader Bacardys fell. While his advantage was reduced after the last, he was never going to be caught and won by two and a half lengths, handing Mullins the first leg of a brace.
Clerihan Conditioner, Liam Casey deployed the services of Sean Flanagan for the local race Ruler Of June and the pair agreed to deliver in the Hanntec Handicap Chase. Flanagan judged his run to perfection, catching longtime leader Rudy Catrail just before the last to score by two lengths in the colors of the coach’s father, Donald.
There was also another winner for Rachael Blackmore as she steered Some Dove to a three-quarter triumph in the Assembly Tech Handicap Hurdle for boss Henry of Bromhead.
Returning to level, Aidan O’Brien and Wayne Lordan completed another double in Cork, in the first and last races. Lordan was powerful in the saddle as Tiger Paw held off favorite Silmaniya by a short header in the five-stage Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and it was another tight thing in the Newmarket Maiden conclusion over a mile and a half, as Gulliver’s Travels, which held on under pressure to score with a header.
Gavin Ryan provided valuable winning support for Ali Babes, trained by Paddy Hassett, who scored in the Donate To Coast To Curragh Cycle Handicap by half a length. A half-sister to Group 1 winner A Case Of You, the filly will continue racing next year but will eventually join license holder Quin’s broodmare group and she showed a great attitude to win.
Joe Doyle gave Hastily what winning coach Tom McGuinness described as “a peach” to land the loot in the Follow Us On Social Media handicap. Although still learning her trade, Hastily settled well under Doyle before going inside the final furlong and she was a ready winner at length and a half.
Paddy Twomey won the feature, Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes with the progressive Rumbles Of Thunder, which was retained by Billy Lee and still traveling well, ridden to lead inside the furlong marker, claiming to oblige by two and a quarter lengths.
On Saturday, Ben Coen announced another winner for his equally in-form boss Johnny Murtagh, winning the Irish EBF Median Sires Maiden series opener between them at the Curragh on Daamberdiplomat by half a length.
Kevin Coleman saddled his second winner of the week and Palace Gardens also won the TRI Equestrian Nursery Handicap. Ridden by former childhood neighbor of Coleman, Wayne Lordan, the filly finally delivered after disappointing her master to this point, scoring by a length and three quarters.
Wojood, trained by Denis Hogan, was back in the winners’ enclosure on Saturday in Tramore after winning the Strand Inn Dunmore Handicap. Ridden by Colin Keane, he asked for his effort in the final quarter mile and the six-year-old gelding quickly resumed the chase outside. He stayed in the righting position for home and issued his winning challenge to Molly Fantasy in the final 150 yards. He increased the margin to one and a half lengths at the line.
Joey Sheridan rarely had a moment of trepidation as he steered Prisoner’s Dilemma to a two and a half length success in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap for trainer Johnny Levins. Showing the advantage of a recent race, the gelding has dotted and now has fancy sprint targets in Britain and Dubai.
Aidan O’Brien finally got the talented Luxembourg back on track after injury and the big favorite had to show some guts to finally find himself ahead of Insinuendo in the final strides of the Group 3 Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes under good driving. by Ryan Moore.
Shane Crosse was positive in the following Group 3 Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial Stakes on Raise You, trained by Joseph O’Brien, who galloped to a two-length victory over two-time Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song.
Sligo – Wednesday 17 August (first race 5.25pm)
Killarney – Thursday August 18 (first race at 5:05 p.m.)
Killarney – Friday August 19 (first race at 4:05 p.m.)
Kilbeggan – Friday August 19 (first race at 4.25pm)
Curragh – Saturday August 20 (first race 1:25 p.m.)
Killarney – Saturday August 20 (first race at 2:10 p.m.)
Naas – Sunday August 21 (first race 2:30 p.m.)