Dobbs lands first Group One
Derby Day delight for Enniscorthy jockey at Epsom
For one Enniscorthy family, it was a great day out at Epsom on Saturday, as jockey Pat Dobbs landed the Coronation Cup in style.
The Richard Hannon-trained Pether's Moon created a shock when winning the four-runner Investec Coronation Cup at 11/1, and becoming a first Group One winner for talented pilot, Dobbs.
Dobbs (37) is a freelance rider who has long been associated with the yard run by Richard Hannon Senior and Junior in Wiltshire.
He has ridden a number of key winners for the Hannons, but never before at the top level.
Dobbs said afterwards of Pether's Moon: 'He was very good there - he has loads of speed, but he just pulls himself up when he gets to the front, so even though I got to the lead I had to keep him going in the last 50 yards.
'He's very honest and relaxed, and I just wanted cover for as long as possible.
'He's run some good races, and he goes on any ground, but I wasn't sure he would handle the track.
'When you have a horse that is going forward they make room for themselves and can get out of places - it's the bad ones that you can't get a run on.
'It's well worth the wait (for a Group One win), but I didn't think we could beat the two French horses (Dolniya and Flintshire who were second and third).'
There were also celebrations in Bunclody after the Wexford combination of trainer Anthony Black and jockey John Cullen teamed up to win The Panoramic Restaurant Mares' Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday.
The race was expected to go the way of odds-on favourite Sophie's World but Havana Dancer had other ideas and caused a big upset for Bunclody-based Black.
Owned by Andy's Five O'Clock Syndicate, Havana Dancer needed to dig deep in the closing stages as Sophie's World loomed up on her outside but dig deep she did.
She was not to be denied under Cullen as the pair scored by half-a-length at odds of 16-1.
The winner also paid a tasty €20.70 for a €1 win bet on the Tote.
Cleariestown jockey Mikey Fogarty rode Richie Rath's 9-1 chance Close Review to victory in the Mike Denver Plays Limerick Racecourse Live 23rd July Handicap Chase at Limerick on Saturday night, where the 12-year-old used every ounce of his experience to hold off Hellofado by half a length.
Earlier in the week, Enniscorthy trainer Paul Nolan and Fogarty teamed up to take the Kingdom Mares' Maiden Hurdle at Listowel on the Monday of the June Bank Holiday weekend, with Emily Sinico.
Having disappointed at Tipperary on her previous start, Emily Sinico was allowed to be sent off at odds of 11-2 but she relished the heavy ground as she stormed clear of Goulane Davina to win by eleven lengths.
Fogarty had been on target too when riding the Pat Fahey-trained Do Try Dolly to victory in the opening race at Kilbeggan on Sunday week.
This success came in the same weekend that he made a piece of history by riding his first horse under rules for trainer brother, Jonathan, on board Coole Craft, who finished seventh at Tramore on Saturday evening.
Fogarty's victory in the Follow Kilbeggan Races On Facebook Maiden Hurdle saw Do Try Dolly (11/4) run out a 20-length winner over the Liz Doyle-trained runner-up, Bright Prospect.
'I had the last winner at Tramore last night and now the first here. That's the nearest I'll ever get to a double!' Fahey joked to irishracing.com afterwards.
'I told Mikey to be positive as she had handicap experience and with novices in behind they wouldn't be able to jump with her.
'She's only a little filly. She got brought down in a bumper here and it took her a long time to get over it.
'It was a horrible fall and it took her a while to get her confidence back.
'Luckily the owners were patient. She'll tip away over the summer now.'
Waterford's Shay Barry stole the show at Tramore on Friday week where he enjoyed three winners. The Brian O'Connell-ridden Time For Bucks was first up when landing the opening two-mile maiden hurdle, and that win was followed an hour later when the same rider partnered top-weight Patsio in the two-mile handicap hurdle. The treble was completed when Katie O'Farrell and Kalanisi King enjoyed a cosy success in the bumper.
Horse racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Tuesday, Roscommon, first race off at 5.40 p.m.; Wednesday, Fairyhouse, first race off at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Leopardstown, 6 p.m.; Friday, Clonmel, 5.35 p.m.; Saturday, Navan, 2.10 p.m. and Sunday, Cork, 2.25 p.m., and Downpatrick, 2.40pm.