Tuesday, 3 July 2018


Report from hpracing.ie

On a glorious first day of July the evergreen Forgive and Forget sluiced home to land the prestigious Abbeyfeale Derby for the Sugrue family from Farmers Bridge in Tralee. This battle hardened campaigner who is equally as good on sand as grass was easy to back in the betting ring as Make Me and On The Edge dominated the market. However backers of both horses knew their fate early as neither ever got in a blow off a strong pace set by Onwards and Upwards under Brian Dunleavy. Ross Sugrue sent his stable star to the front early in the back straight and from there it was one way traffic as Forgive and Forget galloped on strongly for a five length victory over Forgotten Soldier who kept on for second with Onwards and Upwards a gallant third. The winner is likely to reappear in Courtmacsherry.
Daniel King continued his rich vein of form to complete a treble and enhance his prospects of a first overall southern jockeys championship. Two of these winners were supplied by the resurgent Castle Racing who kicked off with Xantico in the 15 hands. Favourite Bubba Watson never looked happy on the track and once Xantico was sent on with a circuit to go the result was never really in doubt from there. The winner was loosing its maiden status on the circuit and could well follow up in the weeks to come.
The Castle Racing double was completed in the first split of the ten furlong contest when Kobay Ashi got up close home to touch off long time leader Razzle Dazzle by a length and a half. The runner up drifted off the rail inside the furlong pole and Daniel King seized the opportunity to run out a snug winner at the line. Kobay Ashi is reported to be on target for a crack at the Golden Mile next month.
Daniel completed the treble for his dad Richard when Rosa Parks easily reversed Ballingarry form with The Low Road in the 14.2 over ten furlongs. The winner always travelled sweetly and from half way was well on top before running out a six length victor.
Dylan Browne McMonagle travelled down from Letterkenny and was well rewarded with a double on Obi One Kinobi and Wild Wind. The north west champion will seldom ride an easier winner than Obi One Kinobi who easily accounted for solitary rival Little Zeb in the 14 hands. The winner who made all is owned by Valerie Moriarty and was following up a win gained in Ballingarry seven days previously under the sidelined Mikey Sheehy.
Wild Wind was well backed to land the first division of the Maiden and he duly landed the odds with the minimum of fuss under the Letterkenny maestro. In truth the winner is well above maiden status and made practically all to beat course specialist The Poacher who ran a real eyecatcher over a trip well short of his best.
Another Tiger continued on his merry winning way for Conor Walsh when landing the opener by a length and a half from Biscuit. The winner made most and kept on strongly up the straight under the champion pony jockey.
The Cleariestown jockey is warming up for his local meeting in Taghmon on July 22nd and duly completed a double when Hello Thunder landed the 13.2 from stable companion Sore Looser. Sent on early doors Hello Thunder quickened away up the straight and will have big hopes of Dingle glory next month.
Batsy Maher decided against running some of his stable stars due to the fast ground but he was still on the mark when Man Of Steel was yet another all the way winner in the second split of the ten furlong contest. Runner up Wise Words never looked quite happy on the bends but just might be one to watch in the weeks ahead.
Ballybrown Boy and Bash It On went toe to toe for a mile and a half last week with the Deelview star emerging victorious but roles were reversed this time round. Ballybrown Boy looked sure to score up the straight as he came there strongly to challenge long time leader Bash It On but Philip Byrnes mount fought back bravely for a length victory.
The Local Race is always keenly contested here but the ex Adrian Browne inmate Let Him Rock sluiced home under Joey Sheridan from favourite Irish Rebel who never really looked likely. The winner is owned by Michael Mulvihill.
Unfortunately the concluding second split of the Maiden had to be abandoned after the admirable Amy’s Magic suffered a suspected heart attack. The former Dingle heroine had given the Hayes family from Shanagolden some great moments round the southern circuit and our thoughts are with them.
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