Tuesday 19 November 2019

A famous first winner for Kenny


James Kenny won his first race on the track.
James Kenny won his first race on the track.


Monday, August 26, 2019, will always be a red letter day for young Craanford jockey, James Kenny, who scored his first winner on the track after a long trip to Downpatrick, putting in a very good ride on the Colin Bowe trained Ya Boy Ya (9/2) to win the bumper for the Orphan Girl Syndicate.

James is son of trainer, Liam, and had twice ridden Ya Boy to point to point wins when trained by his dad. He was involved in a battle here with Richie Deegan on Stowaway Sarah (5/2) and took it up under pressure 100 yards out and held on very well.

James was 21 just a month ago and has gained good point to point experience with his dad and the champion trainer, Colin Bowe, being based now in Bowe's Kiltealy yard. He has 16 points winners, ten of them last season. Hopefully, this will be the first of many track winners.

Seán Flanagan also had a winner aboard Noel Meade's The Red Menace (9/4) in a beginners' chase, with Seán O'Keeffe (Taghmon) filling second on the Brian Jordan (Rathangan) trained Knock on Steel (12/1).

O'Keeffe has overcome injury worries and is one of the busiest young riders in the country, getting four winners from 30 rides in the past fortnight. He was pipped into second on Mr. Moondance, and Jonathan Moore took second on Premier D'Troice (6/1) for Donnacha and Seán Doyle.

O'Keeffe had another winner at Ballinrobe on Tuesday, holding on by a head on Bothar Dubh ((4/1) for Declan Queally, and he made it three in three meetings at Bellewstown on Thursday on Sizing Malbay (11/4) for Steve Mahon.

There was a big Wexford contingent at Bellewstown with five local jockeys contesting the first race, Seán Flanagan, Jonathan Moore, James O'Sullivan (Camolin), Seán O'Keeffe and JJ Slevin. Victory went to Moore on Gavin Cromwell's Flooring Porter (7/1), and the pair completed a 48/1 double later on Lucky Road (5/1).

It was back up north on Friday to Down Royal and Seán Flanagan and Jon Moore were on the mark again. Flanagan had three parts of a length to spare on Laura Bullion (11/4) for Noel Meade, while Moore had his third win in two meetings for Gavin Cromwell, this time on Top of the Charts (5/2f).

On the flat, Aidan O'Brien had great nights at Tipperary and The Curragh on Thursday and Friday. Son, Donnacha, booted home two at Tipp, Blissful (7/2) in a fillies' maiden and Lancaster House (2/7), over nine furlongs.

Aidan and Ryan Moore combined for a treble at the Curragh on Friday evening, and he also had three seconds.

The winners were Mogul (8/13), Lope Y Fernandez (11/8) in the €60k Group 3 Round Tower Stakes, and Goddess (4/1) in the €65k Group 3 Snow Fairy fillies' stakes.

The death has occurred of Matthew Bolger, Cherryorchard Heights, Enniscorthy, a brother of iconic Wexford trainer, Jim. The funeral took place at St. Aidan's Cathedral last Thursday. Sympathy is extended to his wife, Valerie, and sons Declan, Darren, Colm and Conor, and to Jim and his other brothers and sisters and all the extended family.

In Britain, Pat Dobbs kept up his good run with three wins - Nat Love, for Mick Channon, on Monday; Good Job Power (9/4f) for Richard Hannon on Tuesday, and Cogital for Amanda Perrett at Lingfield on Saturday.

Jamie Codd went over to Epsom for the Amateur Riders' Derby and finished third on JJ Quinn's Mistiroc (7/2), just a length behind the winner.

Wexford People