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Tuesday 23rd June

We finally got on the board yesterday with BigBadAndBeautiful, it was a very welcome win and we were unlucky not to have another with Jawbox running very green.

Today we switch back to the flat over at Navan where we have three runners. First up is MOGHRAM in the Division 1 Oristown Handicap and will be partnered by Declan McDonogh. This horse might just be finding the 2m a bit far in his hurdling so a step back to 1m5f might help him.

Finally we have two runners in the Division 2 of the Oristown Handicap, METAL MAN will appreciate the softening conditions as he was a winner over hurdles here last season. Declan McDonogh will ride. LALIPOUR gets in as joint bottom weight but we’ve put up a strong jockey booking with Chris Hayes.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck

By |2020-06-23T08:01:27+01:00June 23rd, 2020|

Monday June 22nd

It’s a big day of racing as we send full lorries to Limerick and Roscommon for flat and jumps racing.

First we head to Roscommon where we have 4 runners for their flat card on Good ground. CATHERINE CHROI runs in the opening maiden for 2yos. She was down the pack on her first run having run very green and we would be hopeful that she will be able to take a step up for today’s race. Leigh Roche has been booked to ride.

We don’t have anything for the next two races but WALKABOUT goes for the 45-65 1m2f handicap. This horse made a good return to racing last week and will hopefully improve for that run and will be ridden here by Declan McDonogh.

First time cheek-pieces will be on board CRACKAWAY for his yard debut in the 1m2f division 2 of the 45-65 handicap. It will be a bit of a fact finding mission as he hasn’t run for us yet. He will also be accompanied by Declan McDonogh.

Finally for Roscommon we have BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL who takes her shot at the flat. Although she is a super tough bumper mare she still has a maiden tag on the flat. Her class should help her here and the decent ground will also go in her favour, Declan McDonogh will ride.

Onto Limerick, where we have GERRY’S WAY in the opening jumps race since March. This will be the gelding’s first run over hurdles and will serve as a great addition to his education. It’s a nice race to get him started off in and Davy Russell takes the ride.

We have two for the next division of the maiden hurdle. OAK PARK came home lame after his last race and has had plenty of time to recover. He has shown that he is well able in his juvenile hurdling career and can hopefully get off on the right foot today, Davy Russell rides. Our second runner is the third reserve, The Rocking Chair a lot has to go right for her to get into the race. She has good form in bumpers and looks bred for this.

BATTLE OF WILLS goes for the Limerick Hurdle over 2m and is back over his preferred going. He is a nice horse and we will be hopefully that he can get into the picture, Davy Russell rides.

MARIA FRANCESCA is second reserve for the Handicap Hurdle over 2m and we will have everything crossed that she gets in, she had reasonable form for previous connections and it would be nice to be able to get a run into her here, Davy Russell is booked.

For the mares race we have FLYING RISK, a mare who clearly has a bit of talent and has won here before. She has experience over hurdles and hopefully she’ll get first run on a few of these with Davy in the saddle.

A tough little horse called TIGER TWENTY TWO leads the way for the yard in the 2m6f Croom Handicap Hurdle. This horse has already shown us he can win and has been in good form at home. The trip should be right up his street and we look forward to seeing him run. Aero Majestic is third reserve and another one we would be hopeful of getting in, he’s ready to run and will have Keith in the saddle

Finally we have JAWBOX who will be having his first run on a racetrack in the Cappamore bumper. He’s a nice horse who has done plenty at home. It will be interesting to see how he fairs against the others but hopefully his homework is good enough to place him in good stead here. Jamie Codd has been booked to ride.



By |2020-06-22T11:21:37+01:00June 22nd, 2020|

Wednesday June 17th

We only have one runner today and that is THE ABBEY in the last at Limerick. The going is curently good but Limerick has been badly hit by storms lately and with the off being at 7.35pm it gives it plenty of time for a change to occur. The Abbey will be coming back after a holiday and will handle the going. The trip might be a bit on the sharp side for him but it will be good to get a run. Leigh Roche will be riding.

By |2020-06-17T10:10:07+01:00June 17th, 2020|

Monday 15th June

Graceland ran a cracker on Saturday to scoop some place prize money for her connections on first time of asking with us. Today we have 6 runners across the two Irish flat meetings. We send 4 horses to our local Fairyhouse and 2 to Roscommon.

Our first runner of the afternoon is SILVER STAR in the 1m4f Ballyhane Stud maiden. He came 3rd on debut as a 2yo and has been successful over hurdles having won twice. It should be a good contest for him to get back racing and we have booked Declan McDonogh.

We have two runners for the Division 1 Meath Handicap TAKE A TURN who occupies the position as top weight and WALKABOUT who sits in mid division onf the weights. The weight might be a hinder to Take A Turn, but he will coming into this fresh and with the help of Chris Hayes. Walkabout looks like he might fair better with his assignment as he is off a similar mark to when he won last year. Declan McDonogh will ride.

Finally for Fairyhouse we have TRONADOR in the 2nd Division of the Meath Handicap. This horse found a different gear when sent juvenile hurdling and was good enough to go to Cheltenham. This looks a good place to get his season on the road and plenty to build on from here. Declan McDonogh rides.

Moving onto Roscommon we have LONGCLAW in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden over 1m2f. This horse has more airmiles then most on show here today and was 3rd in a Listed Stateside as a 2yo. His pedigree suggests he should improve for time and the sire is already enjoying a great season with classic winner Kameko and Curragh Gr3 winner Crossfirehurricane. Leigh Roche has been booked to ride.

Our final runner of the day is IRISH ART in the Ivan Connaughton Auctioneers Handicap again over 1m2f. This horse makes a switch back to the flat and is off an a career low mark. Leigh Roche has been booked to ride.

We wish all our runners and riders the best of luck and for a safe days racing.

By |2020-06-15T08:31:09+01:00June 15th, 2020|

Saturday 13th June

We’re back on the track as GRACELAND is our only runner for the Curragh this weekend. This will be the mare’s first run for the yard and breaks a long time abcense from the flat. This mare is made for the jumps and has been a good servant for connections over hurdles. There’s a few national hunt types in this along with a few jockeys more familiar with the other code. She shouldn’t have any issues with the trip and we look forward to getting her on the track, Chris Hayes has been booked for the ride.

By |2020-06-13T07:54:05+01:00June 13th, 2020|

Wednesday 10th June

We had no runners for Leopardstown yesterday but we have a lovely 2yo for the first race at Navan. CATHERINE CHROI makes her racecourse debut in what looks like a very hot maiden over 51/2f. She is by Camacho and looks typically quick and hopefully has a bit of class. It’ll be great to get a run under her belt and the hill of Navan will be a very stiff task for her debut. Hopefully she runs a nice race but she will surely improve for the run, Chris Hayes will be in the saddle.

By |2020-06-10T10:08:10+01:00June 10th, 2020|

Monday 8th of June

We’re Back!!!

Today marks our first runners since Frontal Assault ran on the 24th of March. A lot has happened since then but we are delighted to be able to get back in business again!

We have two runners for today’s meeting at Naas both of which will be having their first run for the yard.

First up in SARDONYX in the opening fillies maiden over 5f. All of today’s races will be very hot as all the yards scramble to make up for lost time and its great to see 15 different trainers represented by 17 horses in this race. Sardonyx’s sire Adaay has got off to a flyer in his first season as a sire with 2 winners from a small number of runners. She has been working well and this will be a good indication of where she is against the other 2yos. We have booked Gary Halpin to ride.

Our second runner of the afternoon is THAT’S MAD who runs in the Clinton Higgins Accountants Handicap over 6f where he has a reasonable mark. The fast 5f on today’s ground should suit and we’ve decided to put a 5lb claimer on board to try and help him in the form of Andrew Slattery.

We’d like to thank everyone for their hard work throughout this difficult time and all their efforts in getting racing back on the road. There are strict guidelines in place for racecourses and we thank all the people who are in place to uphold them. We would also like to wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2020-06-08T08:19:11+01:00June 8th, 2020|

Getting to know the staff – Abbie

1. What is your favourite horse from Cullentra, past and present? Silver Birch and Soldiers Hill
2. What’s the best things about working here? Nice Horses
3. Who do you admire the most? My cousin Amy
4. If you could do any profession outside of racing, what would you do? A vet or maybe a farmer
5. Best moment from Cullentra? Getting to lead up my first winner, Soldiers Hill
6. How long have you worked here? Just over 2 years
7. Whats the best and worst thing about working with Gordon? The best is definitely the parties. I don’t have anything negative, yet….
8. Who’s the best character on the yard? Simon and Nacho
9. Favourite track? Downpatrick
10. Pick a horse from another yard you’d love to have here? Honeysuckle
11. Favourite drink? Abig bottle of Rose with a straw
12. Who has the worst dress sense in the yard? Gordon 100%
13. Your four dinner guests: Tom Hardy. Killian Murphy but only if he is dressed as Tommy Shelby, Nacho and Kane Robinson.

By |2020-05-13T10:38:25+01:00May 13th, 2020|
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