shines for Shaw
Slattery added another landmark to his burgeoning CV with three winners at the
Curragh during the Guineas Festival, including a double yesterday.
young apprentice, who celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this
month and will sit his Leaving Cert next month, earned high praise from Dermot
Weld for his pre-race study and execution of agreed tactics in swooping late
the nab the Boodles Handicap on Dalton Highway.
half-hour later, Slattery was at it again, this time on 50/1 outsider Telepathy
in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden.
holder, Tom Shaw was recording his first ever winner on the Flat and it
couldn’t have been on a more appropriate day, his father Tom Snr having trained
Zenobia to win the Irish 1000 Guineas under Liam Ward in 1960.
who is retired from the Irish Army and is a brother of National Hunt
handicapper Andrew (known to all as Sandy), has had one success on the track
previously, thanks to Chapter Two in a handicap hurdle at Cork 12 months ago.
Chapter Two, who he also owns, has provided him with four of his five
point-to-point successes too.
who won’t forget this weekend in a hurry, bagged his first winner of the
weekend for Weld on Jassaar in the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap
two thirds a telling tale
Twomey is certainly a name people have taken note of this year after the
Athassel House operator stepped up his operations, having initially focussed on
buying and selling. While having his juveniles ready to run early and finding a
buyer for them remains a key element of the operation, Twomey’s weekend
illustrated his ability to handle high-class operators even if it was fruitless
in terms of actual victories.
and Foxtrot Liv ran phenomenal races to be third in both the Tattersalls Irish
2000 Guineas on Saturday and yesterday’s 1000 Guineas. Twomey’s handling of the
pair has been top class and he has two very valuable horses in his care now.
has been an excellent start to the season for the Cashel man, with five winners
from just 17 runners to date, finding the target at a 29 per cent strike rate.
Four of his victories have come from three-year-olds, while he is one from
three with his juveniles. He is clearly a man to stay on the right side in all
spheres of the game now.
smile lights up new Curragh
O’Brien may have carried on in his merry way by garnering the opening two
Classics of the Irish season, to add to the pair he claimed in Newmarket, but
the Spring Festival ensured a very healthy spread of winners for owners,
trainers and jockeys.
were 14 successful jockeys from the 22 races, with the figure rising to 17 for
victorious trainers and owners. Few would have worn broader smiles than Natalia
Lupini though and few have travelled as far to get there.
Milan native arrived in Ireland as a teenager in pursuit of a career with
racehorses and trains in Banbridge, County Down, having taken out her licence
has been a key member of her small team, winning four times and being placed on
a further six occasions. On Saturday, he travelled well and stayed on strongly
under Killian Leonard to win the Heritage Hotel & Spa Handicap for the
Raintree Racing Partnership, whose members celebrated wildly.
relished having a winner at the newly-renovated headquarters of Flat racing on
Irish 2000 Guineas day, particularly as her mother made the journey from Italy
to be in attendance.