Don's in the money!
‘War of the Pennys’ wins in Clonmel
There was a big turn-out of Wexford connections at the jumps meeting in Clonmel on Thursday evening with Don Cashman and Liz Doyle both training winners and a few others being strongly in contention, while Willie Martin from Clonhhaston, Enniscorthy, had his first winner of the season on the flat at Down Royal on Friday.
Don Cashman from Rathgarogue followed up with 'War of the Pennys' (9/1) under Conor Walsh from Glynn in the three-mile handicap hurdle, holding on by half a length from 'Manuka' under a determined ride and driving finish.
The horse runs in the colours of Don's partner, Talitha Doran, and had given them a first win on the track at Tramore in August.
They had bred him out of 'Presenting' at their own Steeple Stud in Rathgarogue. Don has been a regular on the point to point circuit but only took out his track licence in July and he intends to keep 'Pennys' on the go.
Liz Doyle, Kitestown, Crossabeg, was delighted to get a win with 'Whizzey Rascal' (11/4jf) under Lisa O'Neill in the mares maiden hurdle as she'd had some trouble getting the half sister to the prolific 'Clondaw Warrior' just right during the summer. He won this well.
Mosie McCabe got a good run out of 'Brog Deas Nua' (9/1) for M.J. Hanrahan in the opening maiden hurdle, under David Splaine, coming in second to the money-on shot, 'Wakea', with some nice each way money bringing him in from a morning price of 22/1.
Willie Martin from Clonhaston, Enniscorthy, made the four-hour each way journey to Down Royal on Friday pay off when he shared a dead-heat victory with his €1,000 purchase, 'Rolanna' (11/2), in the 1m. 4f . apprentice handicap, under a good ride from Cork's Killian Leonard. It was a welcome first winner of the year for the stable.
He fought out the finish with Gordon Elliott's 'Tempo Mac' (5/1) and the judge could not separate them. Willie's son, Mick, said they were delighted with the win and felt the horse will have a nice future over hurdles. The horse had been beaten a head into second of 16 at Bellewstown in its previous run.
The seven-day Listowel festival began on Sunday and it opened with a massive gamble on 'Lord Justice' (10/1 into 5/2f), trained by Joseph O'Brien and ridden by his cousin, JJ Slevin from Kiltrea, Caim.
But the only winners were the bookies as 'Lord Justice' never really got into contention and finished fourth. Sean Flanagan was second on Noel Meade's 'Dodybingo', behind Jessica Harrington's 'Bobabout'.
Aidan O'Brien had some nice winners in the Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh, but quite a few of his many fancied runners were turned over.
Sunday was a real punters nightmare with Curragh winners returned at 25/1 twice, 22/1, 16/1, 14/1 and 11/1 for Willie Mullins' 'Wicklow Brave' in the Ledger, ahead of 1/7 hot shot, 'Order of St. George'.
Jonathan Moore from Adamstown was back on duty with his new boss, Rebecca Curtis in Wales, after spending quite a lot of time on the home scene. He scored easily at Worcester on Tuesday in the 2m 7f novice hurdle on 'Vintage Vinny' (6/4f).
Daryl Jacob, Davidstown, won a two mile handicap hurdle on the same card for David Pipe on 'Iniciar' (6/1), beating a fancied favourite.
Pat Dobbs (Enniscorthy) showed all his skills when rode a fine double at Sandown on Friday.
He got 'The Grape Escape' (11/4) home by a neck from the favourite for his boss, Richard Hannon, in the 1m maiden stakes, and in the concluding handicap he drove home 'Pure Fantasy' (10/1) for Roger Charlton.
Dobbs had a blank day at Bath on Saturday but Jimmy Fortune from Ferns had better luck. He was edged out by a neck by the favourite on 'Oat Couture' (9/2) in the second last, but prevailed with a fine ride in the last, another five furlong sprint, getting back up by a nose on 'Ginzan' (6/1) for Malcolm Saunders.
It was the turn of Jimmy Quinn (New Ross) to ride a winner for Saunders at Bath on Sunday, on 'Secretfact' (4/1), but then it was Fortune's turn again as he guided home 'Sunny Future' (12/1) in the long-distance handicap.
It was a quiet week for Pat McDonald (Taghmon) but he did pick up a winner at Musselburgh on Saturday on 'Marsh Pride' (11/4) for Kevin Burke.