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Thursday 17th of October

We managed to get another winner on the board yesterday and Alpha Des Obeaux ran his heart out to finish a very narrow 2nd in the Grade 3. We also learnt that Jack Kennedy fractured his collar bone after his fall from Swordsman so will be out for a few weeks.

We have another 3 runners today down in Tramore, with our first runner being in the third race. HEREDITARY RULE runs in the Tramore Racecourse Annual Members Maiden hurdle which will be a step up in trip. This horse should enjoy the extended distance having won a point to point in the UK over 3m. Luke Dempsey has been booked to ride.

We have a long break before our next runners towards the end of the card. PISTOL SHOOT runs in the Waterford Greenway Beginners Chase. He was 2nd over 3m at Perth last time out on very heavy ground. The slightly better ground should herald what is needed to get him in the frame once again. Keith Donoghue will be riding.

Finally, our last runner of the afternoon is THE ROCKING CHAIR in the Copper Coast Ladies Pro/Am INH Flat Race. This horse, who is named after Gordon’s first winner as a jockey ran a very good race last time to come 4th with Lisa O’Neill onboard. The pair are reunited here again and look to build on their result last time out.

 

We wish all our horses and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2019-10-17T09:46:09+01:00October 17th, 2019|

Wedensday 16th of October

It was great to get two winners on the board yesterday at Punchestown and we continue there again today.

Our first runner of the day is THE VERY MAN  in the Bangor-on-Dee Annual Members Maiden Hurdle. He was a winner of a point to point so jumping should be no problem. It looks a hot race as people are bringing out their winter horses but we hope Jack Kennedy and The Very Man can put in a clean run.

We skip a couple of races before our next runner, SWORDSMAN, who goes in the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Acca Buck House Novices Steeple Chase. It was great to get a win into him first time out this season and against a nice horse. He won’t have things his own way here and faces a small but tough field. Jack Kennedy will be taking the ride.

Another Grade 3 follows, the Irish Daily Star Chase, where we have ALPHA DES OBEAUX and DOUNIKOS. Alpha is thrown into the deep end, kicking his season off in graded company. We know he is a tough horse and up to the job at hand. Jack Kennedy will be taking the ride. Dounikos did very well over the summer holiday and loves it around here. It’s a big task but we hope he and Luke Dempsey get a good spin.

Finally to round things off we have FANTASIO D’ALENE in the Ladbrokes The Nation Plays INH Flat Race. A nice horse who will be having his first start for us. He was 3rd in a big bumper last season and has probably matured a lot since that run. Lisa O’Neill has been booked to take the ride.

 

We wish all our horses and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

 

By |2019-10-16T08:52:11+01:00October 16th, 2019|

Tuesday 15th of October

We didn’t manage to get any winners yesterday at Gowran but we return to the jumps today at Punchestown .

Our first runner of the afternoon is ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU in the Ladrokes The Nation Plays Beginners Steeple Chase. This will be his first time over bigger obstacles and he looks like the right type. He enjoys an ease in the going and was a classy enough hurdler. Jack Kennedy will be riding.

In the second race, the Ladbrokes Home Of Odds Boost Handicap Steeple Chase GRAINEYHILL will try to rectify his final fence fall when in the lead. He has been put up 3lbs for that race however but is in good form. Davy Russell will be doing the driving.

We send two forward for the next race, the Ladbrokes 3-Y-O Hurdle. LALIPOUR hasn’t been the best performer on the flat but we hope to change that now that he’s over hurdles. Jack Kennedy will ride. Our second runner in this race is RECENT REVELATIONS who is very lightly raced but loves a bit of softer ground. Luke Dempsey will be taking the ride.

Another of our winter horses gets the covers taken off him in the next, the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Hurdle. COKO BEACH was a good 2nd in the Fred Winter last year and comes to Punchestown to get him started for the year. Jack Kennedy will be riding.

Another two will run in the Ladbrokes Home Of the Odds Boost Maiden Hurdle. HELL ON EARTH didn’t seem to fire in bumpers but has done well over his summer holidays. Jack Kennedy will be taking the ride. Our other horse in the race is SOLDIERS HILL whose weight allowance gives him a fair chance in this. The step up in trip will duly suit him and Davy Russell will take the ride.

We don’t have anything for the 6th race and move onto the last, the Black Hills Mares INH Flat Race, where we run LARQUEBUSE. She is a filly with plenty of talent and who needs a few more miles on the clock. Jamie Codd will be riding.

We wish all the horses the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2019-10-15T09:35:05+01:00October 15th, 2019|

Monday 14th of October

It was a great weekend with 4 more winner taking us to 80 for the season. It was a big team effort especially in all the wet weather. Following another inspection at Gowran this morning, racing will go ahead. We only have two runners today and they’re both on the flat.

Our first runner is in the opener at Gowran, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. MAKER OF KINGS looks to break his duck. The ground is very heavy and the O’Brien horse looks likely to be the one to beat. Our horse has run into a few very good types recently but the ground and distance shouldn’t be an issue for him. Billy Lee will be taking the ride.

Our other horse for the afternoon is PINK JAZZ in the Gowran Park Racing Club Nursery Handicap. He finds himself in his first handicap, where he can hopefully be a bit more competitive. He has never run on this sort of ground, so this aspect is an unknown. Declan McDonagh will be riding.

We wish all our horses and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2019-10-14T09:18:41+01:00October 14th, 2019|

Sunday the 12th of October

Another busy day for us as we send 14 down to Limerick.

The first race, The Ladbrokes The Nation Plays Novices Hurdle Listed Race, is a very small field of 5, for which we have 2. EVERYBREATHYOUTAKE was in great form over the summer and takes her chances stepping up to Listed company. Davy Russell will take the ride. Our second runner in the race is MILAN NATIVE who was a very good Novice Hurdler last season and will be making his seasonal debut and will have Jack Kennedy on board.

We send another two forward for the next: the Irish Racing Wall Calendar Mares Handicap Hurdle. OCEAN VOYAGE tops the weights having been a 5L winner last time out. She’s in good form after the summer holidays and is joined by BALLYDUNBLAZE. The later was a nice 3rd last time out which has set her up nicely for this. Davy Russell will be taking the ride.

The next race is another Listed event: the PricewaterhouseCoopers Irish EBF Mares Hurdle. BLACK TEARS is our only representative here. She ran a very good race in 3rd last time out, where she needed the run. Her fitness will be much improved. Davy Russell will be taking the ride and we hope the pair will feature.

Back to two runners for the next: the David Fitzgerald Memorial Handicap Hurdle. Here SASSY YET CLASSY is joined by HOLY MOTIVATION. The first has been running ok so far this season without featuring. Davy Russell will take the ride. Holy Motivation has been in flying form as she aims for a hatrick. Jack Kennedy will be riding.

In the 5th race we have another two runners. DINONS has been running well this year and was 3rd behind Wicklow Brave last time out, Davy Russell will be taking the reins. Our second horse is WESTLAND ROW who has come down the weights a little and is off a nice mark here. Jack Kennedy will be riding.

The feature race of the card is next, the Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Steeple Chase. THE BIG LENSE has won two big pots recently and is gunning for his third in a row. He has been well treated by the handicapper and Luke Dempsey will be back on board. NAMBOUR  runs for the Gigginstown team. He was an unlucky faller last time having travelled well and we think he is ready to take his chances in this. Lastly is TIMIYAN who has been ballotted out of a few races recently. It’ll be a big task for him but we know he can stay. Niall Madden will be getting the ride on him.

Finally we have another two runners in the last, Cheltenham winner CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC will be having another go at chasing having been placed in Graded races. Keith Donoghue will be riding. CRACKING SMART was down the field in a Grade One last time out and this looks like a nice contest to get his season underway. Jack Kennedy will be taking the ride.

 

We wish all our horses and riders the very best of luck and to come home safe.

 

By |2019-10-11T15:19:37+01:00October 13th, 2019|

Saturday the 11th of October

Things have started to ramp up a gear as the jumps are truly back. Today we send 13 to Fairyhouse.

We kick things off with the Return Of the Jumps Mares Beginners Steeple Chase where we have two runners. First up is EDENE D’ARC who was 2nd in a Novice hurdle event last time out before going on her summer holiday. She has taken to her work well and Davy Russell has been booked to ride. TINTANGLE also makes her seasonal debut. She was a top class Novice hurdler last season and has done very well over the summer. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

We send another two forward for the Winter Festival Nov30 & Dec1 Beginners Steeple Chase. CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC was placed on his two starts last season after nearly two years off. We hope he can make the same sort of impression again. Jack Kennedy is in the saddle. FLAWLESS ESCAPE ran a good second on his seasonal debut and looks to be in good form. Davy Russell will be taking the reins.

We have just one runner in the next, THISONESFOROLLIE who was highly consistent when racking up a string of 4th place finishes. She has had a decent summer holiday and is fresh for this. Kevin Brogan will be riding and taking a bit of weight of her back.

In the fourth race, we have two runners. DAYLIGHT KATIE was another one who posted some very consistent runs last season. She was twice graded placed and flew home in her bumper. This looks a nice one to get her off the mark over obstacles. SAINT OR SINNER  is our other runner in this. She was a winner first time out but her jumping has let her down in her runs since then. Jack Kennedy will be riding and hopefully he can help her overcome these issues.

For the Fairyhouse For Fundraisers Handicap Hurdle we have another two runners. THE ABBEY was second last time out and is in good form going here. He will be penalised for his good form and we have booked Davy Russell to ride. Our second runner is FIGHT FOR LOVE who had his first run for the yard last time out. It was great to get a few miles into his legs after a long break and he should have come on for it. Jack Kennedy will be taking the ride.

We don’t have anything in the next race but in the bumper we send forward three. FARSIDEOFTHEMOON will be seeing the track for the first time and will be in the trusty hands of Lisa O’Neill. The horse will need the run and we hope to learn a lot from the outing. SINGING TREE is another one who is relatively new to racing. She was down the field on her debut and looks to build from that Paddy Vaughan will be riding. Lastly LADY OF ELYSIUM has been 2nd on both her previous starts. She looks to go one better we hope and we have put Jamie Codd on board.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2019-10-11T13:06:03+01:00October 12th, 2019|

Friday 11th of October

We’re back racing today after a few days of being away from the track. We send seven to Downpatrick.

starting off with a bang, we have two runners in the first, the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle. MULTIFACTORIAL took well to his bumper assignments last season and finished on an impressive win. He is moving up through his education to the next stage now and Jack Kennedy will be guiding around. Our second horse in the race is THREE IS COMPANY, who is in good form. He has been running well without winning for his fast few runs and we’ve booked Davy Russell to try and move him up in the placings a bit.

Our next runner is SPORTY YANKEE in the MB McGrady & Co, Accountants Handicap Hurdle. He had is first run for us last time out and we’re still learning about him. We hope he can get a bit of cover and Jack Kennedy can get him around to a decent finish.

DEFINITE PLAN runs in the Molson Coors Maiden Hurdle. He has come to us with interesting form having been pulled up more times then he’s finished a race. However he’s had a long lay off and we hope we’ve got to the bottom of his issues. Davy Russell will be riding for the horses first start for the yard.

Last time out winner TIGER TWENTY TWO goes in the JP Corry Build Aviator Handicap Hurdle. This horse has come into himself since joining the yard and it was great to get a win so soon. Kevin Brogan is back in the saddle after his injury and will claim a valuable 7lbs off Tiger’s back.

ELWOOD runs in the Molson Coors Hurdle. There is only four runners in the race and Elwood makes his return after his summer break. It will be a tight enough contest as the others have already had a run this season. Jack Kennedy will be riding and the pair will surely come on for the run.

Lastly ALPHA INDI runs in the Molson Coors Beginners Steeple Chase. He hasn’t seen the track in over a year and bids to make his debut for the yard at the same time. He has been doing well at home and we hope Jack Kennedy and Alpha can get around safely.

 

We wish all our runners and rider the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2019-10-11T09:44:30+01:00October 11th, 2019|

Tuesday the 8th of October

We have our first runners of the week today in Galway.

We’re kicking things off with THATSY in the Mervue Maiden Hurdle over 2m3f. He was a winner of his bumper for his first start for the yard and won a point to point before coming to us. He has all the right ingredients to hopefully make a good first impression over hurdles. Davy Russell will be taking the ride.

Next up is GUN DIGGER in the Ryans Cleaning Chase. We’re taking things back to basics for his first run of the season to get him going. Red hot Kevin Brouder will be riding and he claims 5lbs. We hope the pair can do enough to feature.

FINAL LIST will be having his first run over fences in the GalwayRaces.com Beginners Chase. He was a decent hurdler but there seem to be a few good ones in the mix. Jack Kennedy will be doing the steering. 

And finally, ELUSIVE REBELDOM runs in the Jamie Kyne Memorial INH Flat Race. He ran well last time out and will have certainly come on for the run. Jamie Codd will be taking the ride and we hope they can get their head in the frame.

 

We wish all our runners the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2019-10-08T10:49:32+01:00October 8th, 2019|
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