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Mulvany Celebrates First Double

Mick Mulvaney recorded the first double of his career at Sligo on Tuesday evening. Few have their horses in better form at present and the Kells-based trainer, who took out his licence in 2005, was on the mark with the Chris Hayes-ridden 7/4 chance Premier League in the 7f rated race and followed up an hour later when Stormy Tale, ridden by Gary Carroll, won the handicap over the same distance at odds of 4/1. Dermot Weld and Declan McDonogh also recorded two winners with even money favourite Alanannda winning the opening 7f maiden and the well-backed 3/1 chance Sheberghan landing the concluding maiden over an extended 10f. Tom Madden is just one of a number of apprentices to benefit from a change in the rules regarding their riding allowances and, after just one ride as a 3lbs claimer, he partnered 7/1 shot Bobby Jean to win the 12f handicap for Athy-based Tara Cogan with his 5lbs claim restored. Willie McCreery and Billy Lee won the 7f handicap with 5/1 chance Thiswaycadeaux while the well-backed Flindt took the penultimate 10f handicap for Dot Love and Conor Hoban.

Wexford Double For Local Rider

JJ Slevin took the honours at his local Wexford racecourse on Wednesday evening where he rode two winners. He teamed up with his cousin Joseph O'Brien to land the opening maiden hurdle on 7/1 chance Cut Em Down and followed up on 10/1 shot In A Pinch in the opening division of the 2m handicap hurdle for his father Shay who trains just outside Enniscorthy. Conor O’Dwyer hails from the Model county and he sent out I’ve Got Rhythm from his County Kildare base to win the opening leg of the same race at odds of 9/2 joint-favourite under Ricky Doyle. Glenealy, County Wicklow trainer Peter Croke saddled 20/1 chance My Betty to win the 2m4f handicap hurdle with amateur rider Harley Dunne doing the steering. Denis Hogan both trained and rode 10/1 shot Mezajy to win another of the 2m handicap hurdles on the card and over the same distance, but over fences, it took a stewards’ enquiry to determine the outcome of the handicap chase. The Paul Power-trained Bakers Street finished a head in front of James Dullea’s Dark Outsider, which was ridden by Danny Mullins, but the placings were reversed after the former was adjudged to have caused interference in the closing stages. The beginners’ chase went to 2/1 favourite Master Appeal which was ridden for John Kiely by Andrew Lynch while Dorrells Pierji, a 9/4 joint-favourite, won the bumper for Willie and Patrick Mullins.

Aidan Howard Has Flat Plans For His Tipperary Winner

The Last Indian landed the second division of the 2m handicap hurdle at Tipperary on Thursday evening and his trainer Aidan Howard will look for a good handicap on the Flat later in the summer for his game winner. Ridden by Simon Torrens, the 13/8 favourite raced to a five-length success to record her first win over hurdles and her fourth in all. Pat Smullen won three handicaps on her last season. The opening division of the same race went the way of 8/1 shot Guido Reni which was ridden for Skerries trainer Karl Thornton by Robbie Colgan. Devil’s Glen was the 25/1 winner of the opening maiden hurdle for Alan Fleming and Denis O'Regan while at odds of 16/1, the James Motherway-trained Goodnightgodbless won the 3m handicap hurdle under Luke Dempsey. Madison To Monroe was a well-supported 7/2 favourite and he landed the maiden hurdle over the same distance for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power. Willie Mullins also had favourite backers celebrating as he sent out 1/2 chance Calie Du Mesnil to win the mares’ maiden hurdle with his nephew David Mullins doing the steering while 9/10 favourite Masons Daughter and Patrick Mullins won the bumper.

Order Of St George Firmly On Course For Royal Ascot

Order Of St George won the Listed Saval Beg Stakes for the third year running at Leopardstown on Friday evening. Sent off a 1/10 favourite, the six-year-old won with plenty in hand under Ryan Moore and will bid for a second success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot later this month. Jack Wildman partnered his first winner on just his third ride when the Gordon Elliott-trained Kuraka defied top-weight in the apprentice handicap. The 16-year-old is from Salisbury in England and was riding Elliott’s first winner in over three weeks. Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning combined to win the opening 7f maiden with 13/2 chance Bold Approach and over the same distance, Colin Keane partnered the Ger Lyons-trained 5/2 favourite Casimiro to win the handicap. Magnetic North, at odds of 14/1, landed the 8f median auction maiden for Sheila Lavery and Robbie Colgan while Curragh trainer Dick Brabazon won the 8f handicap with the well-supported 11/2 co-favourite Waterboy which was ridden by Seamie Heffernan. Rory Cleary won the final two races on the card. He teamed up with Thurles trainer James Barrett to win the 12f handicap with 5/1 chance For Pleasure and followed up on 12/1 chance Beach Wedding for Johnny Murtagh in the 10f handicap.

Gordon Elliott Completes Across-The-Card Double

Gordon Elliott brought his winner-less spell to an end at Leopardstown and for good measure he was also on the mark at Down Royal on Friday night. Moratorium, a 9/2 chance, battled well to win the bumper at the northern track under Lisa O’Neill and will now get a break for the summer months. Conor Orr, older brother of champion apprentice Oisin, rode his first winner in Ireland when partnering the Henry De Bromhead-trained 33/1 chance One In All In in the opening maiden hurdle. On a night of surprise results, Garvan Donnelly and Danny Hand won the 2m handicap hurdle with 14/1 shot Misty Millie while 12/1 chance Zagnzig won the 2m3f handicap hurdle for Harry Smith and Andrew Lynch. At odds of 16/1, The White Volcano won the 3m handicap hurdle for Armagh trainer John Woods and Conor Maxwell but an easier winner to find was 9/4 chance Snugsborough Benny which won the rated novice chase for Mountrath-based Liam Cusack and Denis O'Regan. Paul Stafford, from Oldtown, County Dublin and Adam Short combined to win the handicap chase with 13/2 chance Fenlon’s Hill.

Ken Condon Makes Classic Breakthrough With Romanised

Ken Condon landed both his first Classic and his first winner of the new season when Romanised ran out a most impressive winner of the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. Owned by long-time stable patron Robert Ng, Romanised came from well off the pace under Shane Foley to win from the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair U S Navy Flag and Gustav Klimt at odds of 25/1. It was a second Classic success for Foley. O’Brien dominated the remainder of the card with four winners. He took the opening fillies’ maiden with 9/2 chance Just Wonderful and at the same price, his Australian import Merchant Navy made a winning Irish start in the Group 2 Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes. Both winners were ridden by Ryan Moore who was also onboard 13/2 shot Hence which won the fillies’ handicap over 8f. Seamie Heffernan won the Listed Marble Hill Stakes on the O’Brien-trained Fairyland, a 4/1 chance, and he made it two on the day when winning the 8f handicap on 16/1 chance Medal Of Honour from the Joseph O'Brien stable. English raider Opal Tiara, in-foal to Churchill, won the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes for Mick Channon and Ronan Whelan while Patuano was a more locally-trained winner of the 6f handicap, scoring in great style at odds of 14/1 for Willie McCreery and Leigh Roche.

Harrington Adds Irish Classic To Remarkable CV

Best know for her remarkable success in the National Hunt game, Jessica Harrington gained a first Classic success when Alpha Centauri won the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday. Already the most successful female trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, Harrington has had horses placed in Classics before but she reached a new level when the well-backed 12/1 shot came home nicely clear of Ballydoyle’s Could It Be Love and Happily under Colm O’Donoghue. Aidan O'Brien had earlier struck in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup when the Seamie Heffernan-ridden 100/30 chance Lancaster Bomber saw off his better fancied stable companion Cliff Of Moher to win. Lucius Tiberius, the 6/5 favourite, completed a double for the champion trainer when landing the 10f maiden, this time with Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle. Jessica Harrington and Colm O’Donoghue had begun the day on a winning note when 7/1 shot Indigo Balance impressed in the 6f maiden. It was also an afternoon to remember for Michael Halford who saddled his 1,000th winner in Ireland when Platinum Warrior won the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes under Shane Foley. Halford doubled up when the William Buick-ridden Saltonstall won the 8f handicap at odds of 7/1. Dylan Hogan was the only apprentice to get in on the winning act over the weekend and he won the 10f handicap for his boss Kevin Prendergast on 14/1 chance Aared. St Stephens Green, a 13/2 chance, gave trainer Emmet Mullins his first winner at the Curragh when taking the 2m handicap under Ronan Whelan.

Racing News

Ten Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Award Winners Announced

Pat Farrell, Stud Groom at Moyglare Stud in Maynooth, County Kildare was announced as the Irish Racing Excellence Award winner, taking the top honour at the 2018 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards early last week. Pat, who also won the Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award, was selected by the 12 members of the judging committee for the highest accolade from among eight individual category winners. The Administration Award was won by Gillian Carey, Operations Manager at Fairyhouse Racecourse and the County Meath venue was the winner of the Racecourse Award. There was further joy for the Royal County with the Gordon Elliott stable capturing a trio of awards. Stable lass Georgie Benson won the Newcomer Award, Mary Nugent, Travelling Assistant won the Horse Care Award while Gordon’s Travelling Head Girl, Camilla Sharples, won the Travelling Head Person Award. The In The Saddle Award was won by James Rath from the Liz Doyle stable, County Wexford while Ado McGuinness’ assistant trainer Stephen Thorne, won the Leads by Example Award. The Racing and Breeding Support Services Award went to Martin ‘Snowy’ Pearse of Punchestown Racecourse. Bernard Caldwell, Chairman of the Irish Stablestaff Association, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners and finalists. Stud and stable staff play a vital role in Irish racing and breeding so it’s great to see their skills and dedication rewarded. I would like to thank Godolphin for their extremely generous sponsorship, our media partners The Racing Post and Horse Racing Ireland who organised the entire event.”

HRI Launch Racing Focused Social Media and Marketing Workshops

The Ownership Department of Horse Racing Ireland has announced a series of workshop events designed at helping trainers to utilise social media to benefit their business and develop their marketing practices. The workshops have been specifically designed with the racing industry in mind, from those with no online presence to those with a good understanding of the different online channels. All trainers, stable staff and racing secretaries are invited to attend the complimentary workshops. Topics will range from setting up a social media page to creating a professional video for social media along with improving sales and communication techniques. Participants will leave with practical knowledge and will also benefit from post-workshop mentoring. The workshops, which commence in early June, will run over a half day, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Caroline Townend, Ownership Executive, HRI, said: “Marketing your brand is very important when it comes to attracting owners and raising your profile. Having an online presence is now a necessity. The aim of the workshops is to provide racing yards with practical skills which will hopefully make them confident with digital content and marketing their business effectively. We would encourage all trainers to have a representative in attendance. Please be advised it is not compulsory to attend all three workshops and we invite people to attend at the level they see fit.” Further information is available from Caroline at ctownend@hri.ie or 045 455 481.

Minister Creed Appoints Nicholas Hartery As Chair Of Horse Racing Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced the appointment of Nicky Hartery as Chair of Horse Racing Ireland. Minister Creed said; “I am delighted to appoint Mr Hartery to the post of Chair of Horse Racing Ireland and I am confident that he will provide innovative strategic leadership and direction to the horse racing sector”. Mr Hartery was appointed following a competitive process conducted by Public Appointments Service. The Minister added, "the next five years will see major challenges for Ireland, particularly in the context of Brexit, and Horse Racing Ireland will benefit from continuity in strong leadership.  I wish Mr Hartery every success in this leadership role in promoting a sustainable horse racing industry, one that will expand employment and create the maximum contribution to the Irish economy.” Minister Creed went on to pay tribute to the outgoing Chair, Joe Keeling. “I wish to place on the record my deep appreciation of Joe Keeling’s commitment in chairing Horse Racing Ireland over the last five years. His business experience, effective chairing of the Board and work with the organisation has delivered tangible results. Joe has done an outstanding job at the helm of HRI and he has been steadfast in his commitment to the HRI mission of “developing and promoting Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horseracing and breeding”, throughout his tenure. I wish him every success in all his future endeavours”. Mr Hartery has a lifelong interest in horses and is the owner of Caherass Stud farm in County Limerick. He bred Group 1 winner Margot Did.

Shay Quinn Appointed Deputy National Hunt Handicapper

Shay Quinn has been appointed Deputy National Hunt Handicapper. From Loughboy, County Kilkenny, Shay joined the Turf Club in 2002 as a Racing Official and has worked primarily as a stipendiary steward prior to taking over the handicapping role in an interim capacity in 2017. Welcoming the appointment, IHRB Chief Executive Denis Egan said that he was “delighted that Shay has taken over the role on a full-time basis. In view of his vast racing knowledge, he will be a great asset to the team”. Quinn said, “l really enjoyed the last 15 years working as a stipendiary steward and am looking forward to this new challenge. It’s an area I’ve always taken interest in and a job I feel very comfortable doing. There’s a bitter sweet feeling today as I can’t help but think of my close friend Noel O’Brien. I hope I can do the job justice and to the standard Noel would have expected. Sandy Shaw is an exceptional handicapper and it’s a pleasure to work with him”.

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