Sinnott swoops to victory at the first attempt
Bannow man Dean Sinnott was the toast of many Bellewstown punters on Friday night when he swooped to victory on board the Dermot Weld-trained Hisaabaat (9/4) in the concluding Irishmirror.ie (Q.R.) race.
Sinnott (23) had previously worked for fellow Wexfordman Conor O'Dwyer before switching to the Weld operation just after Christmas. It was the young jockey's first ride and first win, and on this evidence, where he cut down the Willie Mullins-trained favourite, Rio Treasure, it should be the start of many more successes to come.
Aidan O'Brien sent out two winners at Bellewstown on Saturday evening where he won the first and last races on the card. Marchese Marconi made all the running under Mark Walsh to win the two miles, four furlongs hurdle while in the same colours of J.P. McManus; Tesseract won the bumper under the trainer's daughter, Sarah.
O'Brien saddled the first two home in the concluding 12 furlongs rated race at Fairyhouse on Sunday, with victory going to Archangel Raphael, who beat race favourite Outspoken by two lengths. Joseph O'Brien was in the saddle.
The Jim Bolger-trained Glamorous Approach made virtually all the running under Kevin Manning to win the fillies' maiden at Bellewstown on Thursday.
New Ross jockey Donagh O'Connor partnered the Johnny Levins-trained Brokopondo to win the nine furlongs handicap at Gowran Park on Tuesday.
Grants of over €500,000 have been approved for Roscommon and Gowran Park racecourses under the Horse Racing Ireland racecourse capital development scheme. Roscommon racecourse will carry out major refurbishments with a total projected spend of close to €1 million, which qualifies for grant aid of over €370,000.
In County Kilkenny, Gowran Park racecourse will receive grant aid of almost €175,000 for projects costing in the region of €435,000.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the week: Roscommon, Tuesday, July 7 (first race 5.30 p.m.); Naas, Wednesday, July 8 (first race 6 p.m.); Leopardstown, Thursday, July 9 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Cork, Friday, July 10 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Navan, Friday, July 10 (first race 5.35 p.m.); Tipperary, Saturday, July 11 (first race 2.05 p.m.); Dundalk, Sunday, July 12 (first race 2.05 p.m.); Sligo, Sunday, July 12 (first race 2.25 p.m.).