Donnelly must be pleased with the start he has had to the Flat season. The
Dubliner secured his first success of the Turf campaign with Plough Boy in the
Caragh Nurseries Handicap at Naas on Saturday.
year, Donnelly had one winner from 42 runners and he only had the solitary
triumph the season before too, having had three the campaign prior to that and
eight in his best year, 2015. In that context, to get off the mark after just
eight runners will make everyone at Garristown feel good about themselves.
has invariably saddled winners at Dundalk, which is almost a local track. In
2014, 2015 and 2015 he sent out six, two and four on the all-weather. The yield
was not so strong in recent times but Lily’s Prince did prevail at the Louth
venue in March.
two winners from just 30 runners for the calendar year, Donnelly will be
targeting an improvement on last year’s tally of three and is well on the way
at this juncture.
he has tended to house inmates more suited to Dundalk fare, Donnelly’s most
significant triumph as a trainer came by virtue of Inistioge in a Grade 3
mares’ novice chase at Limerick in 2010, and after the subsequent seven seasons
failed to provide any winner from a very limited number of runners in the
National Hunt, he has entered the winner’s enclosure in each of the last two
seasons, from 10 runners last term and nine the season before.
Cahill is on a 100 per cent strike rate for the National Hunt season, after
Pilgrim Way bagged the Horse & Jockey Hotel Handicap Hurdle at Cork on
trainer and his eight-year-old gelding were rewarding owner Frank McNulty for
his patience in them both, as Cahill gave Bridge Native the time to come to
hand after suffering trouble with two legs.
son of Kalanisi clearly has a liking for the Mallow venue, finishing second
there three weeks ago, on his first run since the end of July 2016.
was the first of three winners for Seán Flanagan over the weekend, as he
followed up with a double at Killarney on Sunday. Unusually, none of the trio
was for his boss Noel Meade, with yesterday’s pair coming for long-time supporter
Liz Doyle (Feel Des Mottes) and Colin Bowe (Victoria Bay).
Roche returned from a successful winter stint in India to hit the ground
running in his new job as retained rider to Crotanstown Stud trainer Michael
O’Callaghan and the Galwegian booted home two winners to bring his tally for
the Turf campaign to five, and six for the year in total.
has adopted a ‘best available’ stance on jockeys in recent seasons but Roche
was his primary go-to man in 2018 and they combined successfully on a number of
occasions, not least in Listed company with Angelic Light at Newmarket last
had a long association with Dermot Weld, and piloted a couple of Group 3
winners for the Rosewall House handler. His other Group 3 triumph came on board
the Darren Bunyan-trained Hit The Bid.
Rock won on debut at Naas in an Irish EBF maiden that also offered a Plus 10
bonus to winning connections on Saturday and Royal Ascot is being considered
for Camacho juvenile filly.
bagged his second success of the weekend in the John R Fitzpatrick Irish EBF
Handicap at Leopardstown. Bercasa was his first winner for an outside trainer,
and Tom Mullins would have been delighted by the manner in which Roche brought
the dual-purpose filly into the race late on after settling her towards the
rear, to win comfortably.