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Wednesday 30th of September

We were very lucky to have a winner in the last yesterday with Jimmy Jimmy as Jack Kennedy managed to avoid Minella Escape who fell at the last. It was great to hear that Rachael walked away from what looked a horrible fall.

Today we return to Punchestown where we have a runner for every race! SOLDIERS HILL takes his first voyage over fences in the opener and will be partnered by Jack Kennedy. This horse is very neat over his hurdles and we hope he can translate that to fences.

The ever consistent MAKE MY HEART FLY goes for the biggest pot on the card, the Irish Stallions Farm EBF Handicap Chase over 2m4f. She has switched back chasing having had a few runs over hurdles more recently. This looks a good open race for her to put in another good run, Jack Kennedy rides.

Last time out winner, GIVE HIM TIME  battled to get his nose in front. Today he will be dropped back in trip while also being upped 6lbs in the handicap. It’ll be a tough enough task but he comes into this as one of the very few in form horses, Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.

Currently two from two in bumpers MR JACKMAN continues his career over hurdles. He won’t have it all his own way either as Henry De Bromhead’s horse also comes into this with a bumper win under his belt. This looks an exciting horse who doesn’t do too much once he hits the front and we have booked Jack Kennedy to ride.

EUCLYDE DUBREAU is another making his return to the racecourse after his summer holiday. The break has done this horse well and will hopefully have given him the edge he needs to get into the frame, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

Top of the weights for the FitzpatrickPromotion.ie Mares Handicap Hurdle over 2m. Her mark might be a little high here as she runs off 115 and was last seen winning off 110. Jordan Williams has been booked to ride and he will claim 7lbs off which will help.

Finally in the bumper we have SAM’S CHOICE who looked likely to improve from his first run where he was second behind one of our horses. There are a few others in here with the same idea but having Lisa O’Neill on board will be a huge advantage in this ladies Pro-AM.

By |2020-09-30T08:53:38+01:00September 30th, 2020|

Tuesday 29th of September

It was great to get 50 winners up for the season so far and get two horses off the mark in the process. A huge thank you must go to all the owners who kept their faith in us and kept their horses in training during this uncertain time and to all the staff who have worked hard throughout.

Today we head to Punchestown where we have 7 runners. It looks like there may be a few smaller fields as the ground changes as we get ever closer to winter.

DAKOTA MOIRETTE and SILVER STAR kick things off in the Close Brothers Beginners Chase over 2m3f. This has ended up being one of those smaller fields with 7 runners taking part. Dakota Moirette knows what a fence looks like and has experience in this sphere, he will be partnered by Jack Kennedy. Silver Star will be having his first experience in a chase today but is fit and can hopefully sneak a good performance in, Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.

SOLDIER AT WAR looks like he may be a victim of the changing ground conditions in what looks a very open race, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

Having his first venture onto the racetrack is LUCKY FELLA who comes from a lovely French family who have been very successful middle distance horses. We hope this horse can follow in the footsteps of Duffle Coat and Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

Taking a step up in company is CURLEW HILL who goes for the Dooley Insurance Group Hurdle. There are a few talented looking individuals in this contest and it won’t be as straight forward as his last run because of this, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

We don’t have a runner in what has become the largest field of the day and we therefor move on to the Killashee Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle where BETH HORAN is our only representative. This will be her first start over hurdles ground permitting, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

Finally in the Hanlon Concrete C&G Maiden Hurdle we have JIMMY JIMMY who took well to hurdling on his only encounter with them so far. He is entitled to be fancied for this and we hope he can put in a good performance, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

 

By |2020-09-29T10:59:03+01:00September 29th, 2020|

Monday 28th of September

It was great to get another winner at the Listowel festival as Weseekhimhere streaked clear to win his second bumper on the bounce.

There is a real feel that winter is on the way as we head across to Roscommon today with 6 nice horse for their jumps card.

Thee afternoon kicks off with BACCHUS LESCRIBAA in the Maiden Hurdle over 2m. Hurdling looks to be on paper more up his ally with a strong French pedigree in the division. He didn’t set the world alight in his only start in bumpers but we will be hoping for improvement here, Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride. MR SOLOMON looks to be of the same profile as the addition of jumps should set him on the way for a bit of improvement the very inform Kevin Sexton has been booked to ride.

We have a little breather of one race before we have a new recruit for the Oran Handicap Hurdle over 2m. PRESENTING DYLAN has shown in the past that he has some ability and slots well into this race. We’ll be hoping for a good performance from him on stable debut, Jack Kennedy will take the ride.

CHERIF DE L’ISLE sits as top weight for the Roscommon Handicap Hurdle over an extented 3m and will have Jack Kennedy in the saddle. This horse can not be denied the title of consistency as he has got his head into the frame on his last three starts. Fingers crossed for another good run.

Nearly pulling off a win the last day off a long break was AMOR VERDADERO who surprised everyone by coming a close 2nd on her racecourse return over hurdles. Today will be her debut over fences in a mares only beginners chase, she will have Jack Kennedy for company.

Finally in the bumper we have CHEMICAL ENERGY who looks to have found a very open race here. There are a number of horses with runs under their belts but all lacking a bit of consistency. Jamie Codd has been booked to ride for this ones debut.

By |2020-09-28T08:13:53+01:00September 28th, 2020|

Saturday 26th of September

We’ll be plenty busy today as we have the same number of runners on the flat as we do over jumps across the Curragh and Listowel.

Firstly we head to the Curragh for the flat where we will hopefully have 5 runners. COLIGINI looks made for this type of race, being a son of the Irish 2000 Guineas winner Awtaad. This horse has already had the benefit of running in a barrier trial and should be ready for this run. CAPTAIN MIDDLETON currently sits as first reserve in the Irish EBF Median sires series over 8f. This colt has been stepped up in trip from 6f as he looked to be staying on in heavy going at Cork on the last day.

CATHERINE CHROI improved a huge amount between runs and showed us a bit more of what we were hoping from her. She goes in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race over 6f. It could cut up into an open contest with many smaller trainers represented. Wayne Lordan has been booked to ride.

Finally for the Curragh we have a pair more used to jumping in the Tipperary Crystal Ladies Trophy Handicap over 1m4f. RECENT REVELATIONS makes the switch back to the flat having had good juvenile form over the level. Eliece Elliott will be having her first start on the track and we wish her the very best of luck. Our second runner in this is also first reserve, COMMENTARIOLUS who is very lightly raced was bred for the flat being a son of Frankel. However he found his first victory over hurdles and shouldn’t have any issue with today’s task.

Moving back to the jumps we have GEVREY in the opener at Listowel, the John Lynch Memorial Maiden Hurdle over 2m. This will be Gevrey’s first run over jumps having run twice in bumpers. We will be hoping to see a bit of improvement for the switch and Keith Donoghue has been booked to ride.

SAINT D’OROUX goes forward for the Allman Contracts Novice Hurdle over 2m4f. This has cut up into only a 7 runner race with plenty of inform horses turning out. We think he can improve on his Galway form and could be quite competitive here. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

Finally we have a long wait of 5 races before the bumper where our final two runners do battle. MARS HARPER was a very impressive winner on his only race course appearance and his partnership with 7lbs claimer Hugh McOwan has been renewed. WESEEKHIMHERE was also last seen winning impressively by 11 lengths having not had a clear run first time out, Jamie Codd has been booked to ride. It will be exciting to see these two horses go up against each other.

 

By |2020-09-25T15:10:52+01:00September 26th, 2020|

Friday 25th of September

Today we head down to Listowel for the penultimate day of their racing festival, we will have four runners for a total of two races.

We kick off the day with the John J Galvin Maiden Hurdle over 2m4f. ARDHILL will be having his second start under rules in what could be an open race, Jack Kennedy will ride. Our other runner in this event is ENVIOUS EDITOR who will be making his stable debut. This horse is a winning pointer and has come close to winning having been twice the runner up. He will be ridden by Robbie Power.

Our second lot of runners will be in the feature race of the day, the Ladbrokes Nation Plays Handicap Hurdle over 2m. STAR MAKER valuable Killarney handicap win last year came at the expense of Tudor City but prefers better ground as the going is declared as soft on the national hunt course and heavy on the flat, Jack Kennedy will ride. ARDAMIR has been good form this summer, winning under today’s rider at Bellewstown and last month at Ballinrobe; This doesn’t look like his ideal ground however and might be best watched today.

 

By |2020-09-25T08:49:30+01:00September 25th, 2020|

Wednesday 23rd September

We head back to Listowel today with 7 runners.

Our first runner of the day is SANTANA PLESSIS in the Remembering Tommy McGivern Maiden Hurdle. He’s been knocking on the door in his last 4 starts and we’re hoping today could be his chance to score. Jack Kennedy rides.

Next up we have MALONE ROAD in the Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice Hurdle. It was great to see him continue his winning ways at Kilbeggan after such a long time off the track. He has certainly come on plenty for that run and looks the one to beat in today’s field. Jack Kennedy rides.

We run METAL MAN in the Devon Inn Hotel Handicap Hurdle. A winner on his last start 12 days ago, he comes into the race with a good chance today. Jack Kennedy rides.

In the feature race, the Guinness Kerry National, we are represented by RAVENHILL and THREE MUSKETEERS. Ravenhill (pictured) was unlucky not to score in this race 12 months ago when finishing 2nd behind Poker Party. He has since gone on to win the Amateur Riders Novice Chase at Cheltenham back in March. We have a good 7lb claimer in Rob James onboard today and he stands every chance of finishing in the frame. Three Musketeers came with a late run to finish 2nd in the Midlands National back in July. He also stands a good chance today with only 10st5lb on his back and Jack Kennedy in the saddle.

AFOREMENTIONED runs in the Brandon Hotel Beginners Chase. He tends to run well on the good ground and hopefully we’ll see him finish in the placings today under Jack Kennedy.

Our last runner of the day is BALLYMONEY in the Listowel Vintners Association INH Flat Race. He ran on well in the closing stages at Punchestown earlier in the month and has come on well for the run. Hopefully he’ll finish in the frame today under Jamie Codd.

 

By |2020-09-23T08:24:13+01:00September 23rd, 2020|

Monday 21st September

It was great to add another 2 winners to our tally over the weekend.

Today we head back down to Listowel for day 2 of their Harvest Festival.

Our first runner of the day is FELICIDAD in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle. This is her first start for us having recently joined the team from Nick Williams over in the UK. Whilst Erins Benefit certainly looks the one to beat we hope that we can see some improvement from our mare as we step her up in trip to 2m4f. Jack Kennedy takes the ride.

ELUSIVE GIGOLO takes his chances for the first time over hurdles in the Connolly’s Red Mills EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle. Having finished 4th on both his bumper starts we’re hoping to improve on the placings today. Jack Kennedy rides.

In the Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Handicap Hurdle we run SAINT D’OROUX. Having finished 3rd in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham back in March, he hasn’t shown the best of his ability yet this season. We’re hoping he can bounce back to form today under Jack Kennedy.

Having not been seen on the track since July 2019, SOLDIER AT WAR makes his return today in the John F McGuire Beginners Chase. He has some useful hurdling form under his belt and was 2nd in a point to point behind Malone Road as a 4yo. He’ll come on for the run today, Jack Kennedy rides.

THE ABBEY (picutred) made a good start to his chasing career at Downpatrick when making all to just get beat inside the final furlong. The pair had drawn well clear of the rest of the field that day and the third horse has since won by 14 lengths at Tramore. We’re hoping he can strike today in the Listowel Beginners Chase and Keith Donoghue takes the ride.

Our last runners of the day are in the Kerry Petroleum INH Flat Race. Both CHEMICAL ENERGY and DARK SPARK make their racecourse debuts in the 15 runner field and both stand good chances.

By |2020-09-21T08:30:22+01:00September 21st, 2020|

Sunday 20th September

It’s another exciting day of racing down in Listowel as we send the lorry down with 8 runners.

Up first we have a very exciting pair who could be anything. LONGCLAW is yet to be headed in juvenile hurdles and has really taken well to the task, he will be ridden by Jack Kennedy. DUFFLE COAT looked super impressive winning first time out looking ultra professional as he ran to the line, Keith Donoghue will ride him. There isn’t much to separate the pair and it’s exciting to go to war with them.

THE SLIDING ROCK seems to be in good form and this is a small runner race that should could take advantage of now she is back against the girls. Bryan Cooper has been booked to ride.

AMOR VERDADERO has her first run after a long break in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares handicap hurdle. It’s taken a very long time to get her ground with the wet summer we have had. Jack Kennedy will ride her.

Our next runner is GETABAY in the maiden hurdle over 3m. This horse looks like he needs a trip and this seems to be a great opportunity to continue where he left off. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

WALKABOUT heads to the Cheesestrings Rated Novice Chase where we’re hoping he can put in a nice performance. He has been schooling well at home over fences and Keith has been booked to ride.

Man of the moment THE STORYTELLER is chasing a hat trick in the Kerry Group Chase. This looks very competitive so there won’t be any room for error. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.

Finally in the bumper we have CARIOCA KING who is another one who has been working well at home. It looks another competitive affair and it won’t be easily won. We have booked Jamie Codd to ride.

By |2020-09-18T12:42:17+01:00September 20th, 2020|
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