Monday 20 November 2017

First winner on track for O'Sullivan

David Casey gets a fitting send-off from his colleagues after his retirement
David Casey gets a fitting send-off from his colleagues after his retirement

Wexfordman James O'Sullivan partnered his first winner on the track after Cloghala got the better of the favourite, Churchtown Champ, to win the bumper for Tony Mullins at Listowel on Wednesday.

Winning trainer Tony Mullins said: 'I bought him at the Derby Sale three years ago but thought he would never come right. In the last few months the penny has started to drop but he has taken a long, long time.

'He is progressive and I won't ask him to run in a winners' bumper and he'll go straight for a maiden hurdle next.

'I was impressed with James and the way he rode him. He works part-time for me riding out and it was a nice cool ride from a seven pounds claimer.'

Also at Listowel, David Casey brought the curtain down on what was a very successful career in the saddle, after he guided the Willie Mullins-trained Long Dog to success in the novice hurdle. Casey, who has been associated with Mullins since he was 17 years of age, will now take up a new role with the champion trainer.

John Cullen saddled the biggest winner of his career after Seán Flanagan made most on Misty Lady to beat Lilly The Lioness in Thursday's Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle.

Cullen, who has just two horses to run on the track, said that the filly will now be aimed at some of the better handicap hurdles this season.

On ladies' day (Friday), a crowd in excess of 25,000 witnessed Sr Cartage become the first dual winner at this year's festival after the filly made all to win the mile and a half handicap for Kevin Manning and Oylegate's Jim Bolger. It was the pair's third success of the week.

On Saturday, the Colin Bowe-trained Katie Do won her third race of the season, after she captured the three mile handicap chase under Mikey Fogarty.

Aidan O'Brien and Willie Mullins both have four entries each in The Melbourne Cup. Mullins' team is headed by Max Dynamite, while O'Brien could run recent Leger winners Bondi Beach and Order Of St George.

Dermot Weld has pencilled in Manalapan and Zafayan, but they will struggle to make the cut as they have been allotted bottom weight of 50 kg.

Paul Harley, who hails from Donegal and who is an uncle of top flat jockey Martin Harley, could be represented in this year's renewal with the very smart performer Guardini.

Wexford People

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