Keeping it local
The Wexford Hunt held their meeting at the Moorfields track, near Ballinaboola, on Sunday and the event was well supported, despite being in direct opposition to the Wexford hurlers at O'Kennedy Park in New Ross.
The going was heavy but the course was in good condition considering all the recent rain, and there was some very exciting racing and lots of Wexford success.
The Tattersalls Ireland five- and six-year-old mares' maiden saw Aunty Ann (Vinnie Roe-On Good Advice) make up for falling at the third last at Tinahely the previous week when steered home to a nice win by Rob James from Killane, for trainer Seán Doyle from Ballindaggin and owner Matt Flynn. She is now bound for the sales.
Second here was Lady Robyn, ridden by Jamie Codd for Trevor Horgan from Kilkenny; third was Goodgirl Teresa, ridden by Gary Murphy from Ballycullane for Denis Moore from Kilmore, and fourth of the twelve runners was Doesntbotherme, under Joseph Scallan for Willie Codd and owner Billy Devereux.
The Mythen Construction six-year-old geldings' maiden provided a second success of the season for the husband and wife pairing, Ashleigh (trainer) and Michael (owner) Murphy from Duncormick. Redbridge Rudi (Fruits of Love-Le Ciel) won a thriller under Gary Murphy, Ballycullane,
Gary managed to hold on by a short head from Glencairn View for the powerful team of Derek O'Connor and Tony Mullins; Silent Man, under Jamie Codd for Noeleen and Liam Kenny, Craanford, was third, followed in by Free Range, ridden by Shane Fitzgerald for trainer Richard O'Keeffe and owner Paddy McDonald.
Barry O'Neill from Ballindaggin got back among the winners in the Nitrofert Winner of Three event, getting home by two lengths on Boruing Up A Storm (Brian Boru-Liskilnewabbey) for Liam and Marie Brennan from Monasootha, Camolin.
The horse fought well to hold at bay the northern raider, One Cool Clarkson, with Derek O'Connor third on A Stray Shot for Seamus Murnane.
O'Neill and the Brennans were denied a double and had to accept second as champion, O'Connor, got his winner for the day in the Ballywalter Farms Open five-year-olds plus on Sydney Paget for Thurles trainer, Patrick M.J. Doyle, and owner Roger Byrne. There was just a neck in it as O'Neill was all out on Need to Know. The Paul Power-trained Sizing Australia was third and Vital Plot came next for the Kennys.
The action concluded with the Horse and Hound Hotel seven-year-old plus maiden for novice riders and there was victory at last, after five seconds, for Escapefromthedark (Basanta-Foxcroft Girl), well ridden by Ray Cody for trainer Liam Byrne from Clonroche, recording his first win of the season, and owner P.J. O'Gorman.
Second of the 13 runners was Mrs Jay Dee for Noel and Jennifer Dooly, ridden by R.L. Brennan; third was Itsanoldcliche, ridden by J. Hurley for Garrett James Power, and fourth was Pass the Cash, ridden by Shane Fitzgerald for G.D. Corrigan.
The opening Englishsfruitnurseries.ie five-year-old geldings' maiden was won by Global Stage, ridden by R.P. Quinlan for Tom Keating, who had three lengths to spare over newcomer, Steal My Thunder, ridden by Rob James for Andrew Latta from Ballycarney. Chase Me, under Harley Dunne for owner Pat Redmond and trainer Liam Kenny, filled fourth spot in the 13-runner field.
Second meeting of the day was at Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, which survived a morning inspection. Wexford interest was light on the six-race card and the best performance was a second for the Slevins from Kiltrea, Enniscorthy, by Johnnyonepunch in the six-year-old plus geldings' maiden. He finished six lengths behind Buffalo Brave, ridden by J.J. Slevin for his parents, Elizabeth and Shay.
There are three meetings scheduled for next weekend with action resuming on the northern circuit on Saturday for the first time in six weeks with the East Down Hunt at Downpatrick. On Sunday, the North Tipperary Hunt race at Lisboney, Nenagh, and the United Foxhounds meet at Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork.