Rare and unusual win for Bunclody trainer
It was a very quiet week for Wexford connections, though there was a rare and unusual winner on the all-weather at Dundalk on Friday night for Cormac Farrell, the Ballypreacus, Bunclody, based trainer.
His Max Velocity (9/2) was involved in a battle up the home straight and he finished second under Rory Cleary, beaten a head by Pat Smullen on odds-on Port Lions (2/9). Smullen's mount had hung quite badly and the stewards reversed the placings, giving victory to the Wexford horse.
It was a welcome change of luck for the trainer who was having his first winner since October, 2014, when Seán Flanagan triumphed on Captain Carleton in a hurdle at Cork and Manny Owens won at Dundalk.
We had to wait until Sunday for a Wexford jumps winner, with Flanagan surviving a stewards' enquiry to prevail by a neck on Dis Donc (4/1) for Noel Meade and Gigginstown in a maiden hurdle.
He was second on well-backed Identity Thief (9/2) in the €45,000 Grade 3 Red Mills hurdle trial on Saturday for Henry De Bromhead and Gigginstown, behind Jessica Harrington's Forge Meadow (7/4).
In Britain, Daryl Jacob and Tom O'Brien were also quiet, with Jacob scoring on his only ride at Towcester on Wednesday, on Delire D'Estruval (11/8). He came to Navan for one ride on Sunday but pulled up on C'Est Jersey.
Bold Sky was the last winner for the late William Codd in a Tinahely point-to-point in January, ridden by brother, Jamie, and in the colours of long-time friend, Billy Devereux.
The horse has been moved to Gordon Elliott after William's untimely death and came second under Jack Kennedy at Fairyhouse on Wednesday. There could be a win soon for Devereux with this six-year-old mare.
Pat Dobbs had winner in a Group 2 on the dirt at Maydan on Thursday aboard 5/6f Paddy's Day.