If it weren’t
for Darragh O’Keeffe, Kevin Brouder would be the name on everybody’s lips. The
Listowel native, brother of jockeys Gearóid and Gavin, repaid the faith of
trainer Charles Byrnes and owners the DIPs Partnership, when piloting Turnpike
Trip to victory in the Joe Mac Novice Hurdle at Tipperary yesterday.
Brouder was on
board when the five-year-old prevailed at the jockey’s local track last month
but with this being a Grade 3 contest, was unable to utilise his five-pound
remained loyal however and were rewarded by a half-length success over Razoul,
Turnpike Trip boxing on well after making a terrible mistake at the last to
give his closest rival renewed hope.
This was a
first graded triumph for Brouder, who was recording his fourth win in six rides
since Friday and currently lies fourth in the overall jockeys’ table on 27
wins, with just Paul Townend, fellow conditional O’Keeffe and Davy Russell
No end to
Harri hot streak
Harrington made it a second international Group 1 success in eight days when
Albigna stormed up the Longchamp straight yesterday to add the Qatar Prix
Marcel Boussac to the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes plundered by Millisle at
Newmarket the previous week.
said how she was worried at the start of the season because she couldn’t find a
bad one among her two-year-olds, particularly the fillies, and that this might
mean they were all ordinary.
The season has
shown initial perceptions to be accurate as Albigna was giving her handler a 28th
juvenile success this season alone, the vast majority of those coming courtesy
of the girls.
It was another
outstanding effort by Shane Foley too, who was a multiple classic winner on
native shores but has proven he is a man for any big occasion on any stage in
consummate style again in October.
Foley was away, Tom Madden did play. Madden is cemented as Foley’s deputy at
Commonstown and has capitalised on the opportunities, doing so again as Harrington
recorded a Longchamp-Tipp cross-card double with Onlyhuman in TheTote.com
David a Charm
There was a
time when one wondered if there were just too many excuses being made for
Davids Charm, although they were always genuine. When he finished fourth in the
Galway Hurdle at the beginning of August, having been badly hampered before
finishing strongly to finish just four and a half lengths behind Tudor City, it
was another case of what-might-have-been for the eight-year-old who had won
four times in 22 attempts under Rules.
In truth, it
was the type of misfortune that had visited the John Joe Walsh-trained gelding
quite a bit, given that hold-up tactics were deemed necessary as he appeared to
not like being in front too long, preferring to be among the herd. He is seven
from 25 now however, and on a trajectory that continues to rise upwards.
The son of
Milan showed plenty resolution in justifying favouritism in the €50,000 KWD
Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap over a mile and six furlongs on the flat at Killarney
three weeks later however, having been prominent throughout and taken up the
lead just inside the two-furlong poll.
The Kerry air
clearly appeals as he followed up in the Ladbrokes Ireland Listowel Handicap in
September over hurdles.
that the time was right to push his charge into more illustrious company and
Davids Charm illustrated how happy he is with life, with 12-length victory over
Plinth in the Grade 3 Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle.
pride and joy could make a quick reappearance in the Tote Irish Cesarewitch at
the Curragh on Sunday and he is sure to have plenty of backers to land the
€60,000 first prize.