Downpatrick a happy hunting ground
The long drive home from Downpatrick to Wexford didn't feel so long for several local horse racing connections as they swooped to conquer at the northern track on Friday.
Liz Doyle was especially elated as her two runners, Tigroney and Whizzzey Rascal, were both successful.
Tigroney started the ball rolling when she made every single yard of the running under Donagh Meyler on the way to winning the Kingsland Maiden Hurdle by one length from Barrack Street. She was returned at odds of 4-1.
Doyle said afterwards: 'That was a great ride from the young lad - we discussed the race beforehand and knew there would be no pace so I told him, "you kick on at the top of the hill and if you get beat it's my fault". It was one of those races when you need to do something to win it. I'm not sure what's next but she's due a holiday soon.'
Doyle completed her double in the concluding Party After Racing Flat Race when 7-4 favourite Whizzzey Rascal scored by three and a half lengths from Taras Call. Finny Maguire was the winning jockey on board.
The Strictly Beginners' Chase was a closely-contested thriller with six horses jumping the last together, but it was 20/1 shot Sister Annie, trained by recently retired jump jockey John Cullen, pipping Drumhart past the post.
New Ross rider Seán Flanagan was in the saddle. Cullen said: 'I've nothing specific in mind for her next race. That's two winners this season - I have two in training for the track proper!'
Kiltealy trainer Colin Bowe's pair of runners in the EBF Beginners' Chase dominated the finish with Gold Patrol (6/1), partnered by Mikey Fogarty, prevailing having rallied when headed to beat stable companion Don Vincenzo.
Clonroche man Aidan O'Brien won the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes for the 15th time when the Emmet McNamara-ridden Port Douglas prevailed in a thriller at the Curragh on Sunday. The 14/1 chance narrowly beat joint-favourites True Solitaire and Beacon Rock and could re-appear in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
O'Brien also took the honours in the Group 3 CL and MF Weld Park Stakes which he won with Coolmore who was ridden by his son, Joseph. Ryan Moore rode his first winner in Ireland since his double at the Curragh on the Sunday of Derby weekend when partnering Hit It A Bomb to win the seven furlongs maiden, the first winner in the O'Brien treble.
Sanus Per Aquam won his third race when taking the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday. With Kevin Manning riding for his father-in-law Jim Bolger, the son of Teofilo got up in the final stride to deny Tasleet by the shortest of margins. Plans for the winner are unclear but there is a chance that he could run in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at the same course in two weeks' time.
The 2016 Fixture List for Irish racing was released last week. The total number of fixtures remains unchanged at 355. Along with the 335 permanent fixtures and the 14 extra Dundalk Friday evening meetings introduced in 2011, there will be a further six additional race meetings allocated on a one-year-only basis to provide opportunities at times when there is the greatest demand from the horse population.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Fairyhouse, Tuesday, September 29 (first race 2.15 p.m.); Sligo, Wednesday, September 30 (first race 2.15 p.m.); Clonmel, Thursday, October 1 (first race 2.05 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, October 2 (first race 6.05 p.m.); Gowran Park, Saturday, October 3 (first race 2.20 p.m.), and Tipperary, Sunday, October 4 (first race 2.05 p.m.).