Poetry in motion for Smith
As referenced here on Friday, horses running on multiple occasions is not unusual during the seven-day Galway Festival, nor is the feat of winning twice. However, prior to this weekend only one had triumphed on three occasions.
Busted Tycoon has company now in this most select of groups, following the fantastic feats of One Cool Poet.
Matthew Smith’s gelding, owned by the DRFG Partnership, came in the Galway running well on the flat and over fences, finishing second, second, third and fourth in his previous four outings. He had only won once in 29 races though and lookers-on became suspicious of his willingness to dig deep.
A week is a long time in politics they say but in the space of seven days, One Cool Poet rewrote his history. Now, even allowing for the fact that the vagaries of Ballybrit may suit the Caroline Brazil-bred seven-year-old son of Urban Poet and Desert King mare Oasis Star, who won four times when trained by the late Walter Swinburn, there is a feeling that we are now going to see the best of him.
Billy Lee, who has a stellar record around Galway, GOT the leg up the first time in the Caulfield Industrial Handicap last Tuesday and was masterful, though it looked for a few seconds as if his partner would now go past Emphatic, having cruised up on his outside full of running. Lee left it late to ask for greater effort and they prevailed by a neck.
Two days later, they had a length and a half in hand in the Open Gate Pure Brew Handicap before recording their most impressive success on Saturday in the McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap, One Cool Poet now clearly relishing the business of winning and prevailing by five lengths eased up.
Smith is convinced that his charge is improving due to the increased confidence derived from getting his head in front and was lamenting not having him entered in a hurdle on Sunday, so sure was he that One Cool Poet was keen to go again.
Given he has recovered fully from his exertions we can expect to see him out again in the coming weeks, with the premier handicaps now in his sights.
Some craic for Budds
Here For The Craic is 12 years old and having been left at the start in six of his previous races, it appeared as if the Connery family’s pride and joy had fallen out of love with racing.
Trainer Ken Budds gave Darragh O’Keeffe the call however and the red-hot young pilot worked the oracle to garner the Children Under 14 Race Free Handicap Hurdle at Cork yesterday. Budds reported his star, who was notching his sixth victory, to have been working excellently this year, but clearly he has taken a dislike to the stalls. But he’s not interested in retirement yet anyway, that’s for sure.
Kelly and Keane joy
Colin Keane is well on the way to claiming a second champion jockey’s title in three seasons but on Sunday, it was his father Gerry who claimed the major spoils at Galway on Sunday, garnering the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ahonoora’ Handicap with Laughifuwant.
Benefiting from the talents of Seamie Heffernan, with Keane Jnr on board the favourite Saltonstall, Laughifuwant was giving Gerry his bbiggest win as a trainer.
The previous day at the same venue, Harry Kelly enjoyed his most valuable win when Great Trango claimed the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle under Philip Enright. Owned by Martin Donohue, who previously had last year’s Royal Ascot heroine Lagostovegas, Great Trango had been slow from the stalls in the Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap on Monday but the flag start for NH racing proved right down his alley.
Naas Byrned in Séan’s memory
It was a red-letter Bank Holiday for teenager Seán Byrne, who rode his first winner in the second division of the Naas Racecourse Handicap yesterday. Byrne, who sat his Leaving Cert exams this year, earned high praise from victorious trainer John Oxx for his composure on She’s My Dream, who was just his third ride.