Sparky gives Stamp an excellent start to the year
Glenbrien owner Kathleen Stamp has had an excellent start to the new year as she travelled up to Shelbourne Park last Thursday to score with her very consistent racer, Glenbrien Sparky, who has now recorded no less than 26 race wins.
The victor took race six, a semi-final of an A3/4 stake at generous odds of 5/1, and Sparky has now recorded wins at Shelbourne, Newbridge, Harold's Cross and Enniscorthy. This November 2011 whelp is proving he is still very much a force to be reckoned with.
Race five at Newbridge on Friday saw victory for Enniscorthy owners Paul Miller and Gareth Cahill when their Bobs Bolt recorded his second career win from only seven starts. His winning time of 29.20 was also his best so far, and there could well be more improvement to come.
Clonmel is gearing up for their festival of racing, and their A3 Guys and Dolls stake first round got under way on Friday with eight heats.
Rosslare handler Vincent Morris recorded a nice win in heat one when Tanami Sand scored for the sixth time when tracking leader Fastidious to the final bend before putting in the better finish up the inside to get up in the shadow of the post to the delight of the Kilmore Six syndicate.
This consistent lady has now recorded six race wins. The second round continues this Friday night.
There was a nice win at Harold's Cross when the Evan Kehoe-owned Tomahurra Sonic followed up the previous week's win when again breaking fast to lead and go on to score well by three and a half lengths in a good 29.02. This was his 14th race win, and his young owner is having plenty of fun with this very consistent sort.
Waterford on Saturday saw no less than seven of the ten races won by Co. Wexford owners. The winners started in race two, an A4, when Black Pronto, owned by Padge Kehoe and Gearóid Murphy of Clonroche, went to the lead off the second bend to go on to score in 29.11.
Race three went to the Martin Sullivan (Foulksmills)-owned Carock Messi who raced to a clearcut eight lengths win in 29.29 and was not winning out of turn after some good efforts of late.
Race four saw the John Roche (Barntown)-owned Kingsmill Flow come through after a slow start to open her account at the fourth time of asking in a time of 29.52.
Race six saw the Laurence Bolton-Lee (Ballycanew)-owned Lonslip Bobby also score his first race win when taking up the running by the third bend to go on to forge a snug win in a time of 29.31.
Metric Lily has taken to Waterford very well and recorded her sixth win at the track when taking race eight, an A3.
Breaking well out of her trap six box, she led and ran out a good winner for owner Pauline Byrne from Marshalstown in a time of 29.18.
The ninth race saw a great finish featuring two Co. Wexford runners as Dashing Impact and Tagalong Dicey put in strong late runs to flash over the winning line locked together. Only a short head separated them, with Andrew Sinnott's Dashing Impact getting the verdict in a time of 29.22.
The fastest run of the night was in race ten, the final race, and the Brendan Frayne (Wexford town)-owned Honest Suckle was recording her sixth win at the track when breaking fast to lead all the way and score by a length at very generous odds of 5/1 in a good time of 29.01.
It was a very good start to the year and hopefully a sign of good things ahead for Wexford runners.