Delight for Doyle in Tramore
It was a good day down south for Crossabeg trainer Liz Doyle when jockey Mikey Fogarty took the two-mile maiden hurdle with Cillian's Well (10/1) at Tramore on Sunday.
It was the horse's first win on the track and he scored by nine lengths over dead-heaters Free Scorpion and Sam King. Doyle said afterwards: 'He ran in a bumper here and I booked Jane Mangan because I thought he'd run well but he never picked up the bridle - it was embarrassing!
'He has improved with every run and I don't know how good he is but Mikey said he jumped amazing today and his future is over fences.'
Also at the Tramore Festival, jockey Andrew McNamara brought the curtain down on a hugely successful riding career when landing the two-mile handicap hurdle on the Shark Hanlon-trained Most Honourable on Friday night.
The 32-year-old, who rode 15 Grade 1 winners and was associated with the likes of Beef Or Salmon, Newmill and Sizing Europe, had announced his intention to retire the previous day and enjoyed the best possible send-off with a hugely popular winner.
Andrew has been a pleasure to speak to at all times throughout his riding career and we wish him all the best in his training career.
A crowd of over 10,000 descended on Leopardstown on Thursday where Cougar Mountain justified his short price to win the Group 3 Desmond Stakes for Clonroche man Aidan O'Brien, and his son, Joseph.
The even-money favourite was in front before the furlong pole and held the late surge of the gambled-on Raydara to win. The O'Briens had earlier scored with the long odds-on Unicorn in the one-mile maiden.
O'Brien also walked away from Gowran Park with two winners on Wednesday night, the highlight being a Listed success for Easter in the Hurry Harriet Stakes. In front before the furlong pole, Seamus Heffernan brought the 5/1 shot home a two-length winner from Stellar Glow.
Her win completed a double for the trainer as Dancing On Air was earlier awarded the seven-furlong nursery in the steward's room at the expense of Bobailin who was disqualified after recording a narrow success. Their intervention gave Ana O'Brien her 20th career success.
Staying with O'Brien, his Highland Reel made all the running under Seamus Heffernan to win the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Saturday night. It was a fourth success in the race for O'Brien who also landed the race last year with his globetrotter Adelaide.
The Prix Niel at Longchamp and the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes on the opening day of Longines
Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on September 12 are possible targets for the winner.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Sligo, Tuesday, August 18 (first race 4.55 p.m.); Killarney, Wednesday, August 19 (first race 5.20 p.m.); Killarney, Thursday, August 20 (first race 5.20 p.m.); Killarney, Friday, August 21 (first race 4.50 p.m.); Kilbeggan, Friday, August 21 (first race 5.10 p.m.); Killarney, Saturday, August 22 (first race 1.40 p.m.); Curragh, Saturday, August 22 (first race 2.25 p.m.), and Curragh, Sunday, August 23 (first race 2.30 p.m.).