in the saddle
dual Grade 1-winning jockey and championship runner-up, Rachael Blackmore
returns to the saddle this weekend after an absence of more than four weeks due
to a broken collarbone, wrist and nose suffered in a fall from Game Present in
a Clonmel maiden hurdle on May 16.
rode 90 winners in Ireland last term as well as recording two Cheltenham
Festival triumphs, has been forced to look on as primary supporter, Henry de
Bromhead has sent his horses out to do the business with regularity but she
will be hoping the health of the Knockeen brigade remains robust as she gets
back into swing of things at Downpatrick.
six mounts during the two-day programme, split evenly between de Bromhead and
It has been a
week that Sheila Lavery will never forget for all the wrong reasons, after the
sad death of stable star Lady Kaya, the English 2,000 Guineas runner-up who was
one of the prime contenders for glory at next week’s Royal Ascot.
rallied around the Meath trainer, owner Joanne Lavery (Sheila’s niece) and
jockey Robbie Colgan and it was fantastic to see Galeola, running in the
colours of Sheila’s brother and main patron John and ridden by Colgan, be
victorious at Leopardstown last night.
That was a
fourth winner in eight runners for a team that has been bouncing of late. This
is a reminder that though losing Lady Kaya is a bitter blow, class shines
Sheila has two
runners at Limerick this evening and three at Gowran Park, where Landing Zone
is interesting now on handicap debut in the BetVictor Proudly Supporting Irish
Racing Handicap (4.55). This may be the one to keep the good run going for a
trainer and team who definitely deserve an upturn in fortunes.
carries the torch for one of the most famous families in Irish racing, his
grandfather Cecil a former champion trainer and his father Aubrey one of the
top jockeys of his era.
one of the largest and most successful pre-training operations in the country
at Rangers Lodge in the Curragh, which Cecil bought and moved into in 1927.
and Jessica Harrington are just two of his clients, while Snow Fairy, Lord
Shanakill and Curtain Call are some of the top flight horses who have benefited
from Brabazon’s tutelage over the years.
always held a training permit however and managed to record at least one winner
every season bar one in the last 10.
He remains in
pursuit of maintaining that run in 2019 and has two stabs at it over the
weekend, with the consistent Waterboy in the Stagefright Play Live At Limerick
Racecourse on July 13th Handicap (5.10) at Limerick tomorrow, and
five-time victor Korbous in the BetVictor Guaranteed Run For Your Money
Handicap (3.15) at Gowran Park on Sunday.