Weekend Takeaways from Dundalk, Navan and Limerick

Monday, April 01, 2019

Sheisdiesel and Colin Keane wins the 1m 2f claiming race. Dundalk Stadium. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 01.02.2019.

Meade’s Dame Diesel

Noel Meade has a rich history as a trainer of flat racehorses and his handling of Sheisdiesel is a reminder of that prowess. The five-year-old filly is currently in a rich vein of form and scored her fourth consecutive triumph on the all-weather surface at Dundalk in the BarOneRacing.com Download The App Handicap on Friday night.

That the first of those arrived on February 1 is a further indicator of how much the daughter of Harbour Watch is thriving.

Although only beaten a head in a maiden at Fairyhouse over six furlongs as a juvenile, Sheisdiesel has illustrated an appreciation for a trip and the all-weather surface. She got off the mark over a mile early in her three-year-old campaign at Dundalk but had to wait until last May to repeat the trick, over course and distance.

Meade stepped her up to 11 furlongs and after two wins from 27 runs, it worked the oracle, bringing her to six from 31. She won twice at that trip and has now added two more victories at a mile and a half. Little wonder the trainer calls her “a great little bit of stuff”. And she’s not done yet.


Gallagher-Harty combo on target

It is 50 years this weekend since Eddie Harty’s father of the same name rode Highland Wedding to win the Aintree Grand National, and the most illustrious prizes on his own personal roll of honour as a trainer are over jumps thanks to Captain Cee Bee, Coney Island, Minella Foru, Dressedtothenines and Queens Wild.

Yet it was as a Flat trainer the former financial trader saw himself when he first took out a licence and he dreamed of winning a Derby rather than taking the spoils at the Cheltenham Festival, as Captain Cee Bee – named after his grandfather Captain Cyril B Harty – managed in 2008 in a cracking duel with Binocular in the 2008 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Those successes moved him in a different direction, after the initial impression Baron De’L, Eight Up, Roy’s Delight and Corcovada had made on the level but in the space of 24 hours, he this weekend, he has managed to produce two winners, a tally he hadn’t returned on the Flat in a calendar year since 2012. 

Mark Gallagher was on board Harty’s three runners at the weekend and they combined for two successes over the minimum trip of five furlongs. On Friday night, Paved Paradise had two lengths to spare in the Bar One Racing.com Handicap. About 19 hours later, Levee Breaks showed considerable promise with a three-and-a-quarter-length victory in the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Maiden at Navan.

Although three, this was Levee Breaks’ first racecourse run, having had two false starts at two when withdrawn due to a change of going at Naas last September and then refusing to load at Fairyhouse five days later. There were no hiccups this time and the Gallagher-Harty combo could have a very nice horse to look forward to for the year ahead, if the Moohaajim gelding is not bought out of the yard.


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Another who might cause a few purse strings to be loosened is Blackhillsofdakota, who justified the faith of trainer John Halley in pitching the colt into Listed company on just his second racecourse appearance to garner the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Bumper at Limerick.

Blackhillsofdakota runs in the colours of the trainer’s son Josh and like many of the Halleys’ horses, is a former Ballydoyle inmate who was never precocious enough to race at three or four. As a son of Galileo out of a Darsaan mare Aymara, he was bred to be high class and certainly has a lot of promise.

This run came only eight days after finishing second on debut at Thurles and he had to overcome plenty of greenness to take the spoils under Tom Hamilton. With so much improvement to come with continued education, the horse named after the Calamity Jane song could well still be a star.

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