Weekend Takeaways: Brouder makes the grade and David a Charm for Walsh

Monday, October 07, 2019
Davids Charm and Philip Enright winning the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle (Grade 3). Tipperary Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 06.10.2019

Davids Charm and Philip Enright winning the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle (Grade 3). Tipperary Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 06.10.2019

Brouder makes the grade

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 claim.

Connections 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 ahead.


No end to Harri hot streak

Jessica 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.

Harrington has 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.

But while 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 Handicap.


David a Charm for Walsh

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.

Walsh gauged 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.

Tom O’Brien’s 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.

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