It was an
emotional day for Margaret Flynn as her wonderful servant, Dr Mikey upset the
odds in the Kerrymaid Hurdle as Listowel’s Harvest Festival got under way
The son of Dr
Massini, who was also bred by his trainer, was sent to the front by Donie
McInerney and was never headed. Odds-on favourite Stratum moved to challenge
two out but could not peg back his 10-year-old rival.
This was a
sixth win from 21 runs for Dr Mikey, who has not been hugely busy in his
career, having suffered a ruptured tendon and thus only been run with an ease
in the ground.
that she shed a tear after, such is her depth of feeling for her star and on
this evidence, with the conditions suiting, he is not finished yet.
States his case
Has there ever
been a horse like Wicklow Brave? A winner of classic when taking the Irish St
Leger, the Willie Mullins-trained gelding is also a Cheltenham Festival winner,
who has now enjoyed a very exciting start to his chasing career.
be too many classic victors who have won over fences but after beginning to
give his hurdles little respect, Mullins decided that larger obstacles might
focus his charge’s mind and as usual, he has been proven spot on.
The ability to
jump at speed was crucial as Rachael Blackmore served it up to the favourite on
Jan Maat in the Cheestrings Novice Chase at Listowel and Paul Townend had to
ask his partner for a big one at the last.
answered the call and was always going to have too much toe on the run to the
line to make it three from three over the larger obstacles.
Mullins is now
targeting the America Grand National at Far Hills next month before returning
to Ireland for a shot at the Crinmore Chase in November.
Firsts on the
double at Navan
winners’ enclosures always have broad smiles but Navan will be a favourite for
Siobhán Rutlege and Mikey Sheehy in particular, after the duo both rode their
first winners on the track.
brother of Danny and son of trainer ‘Dusty’, and with a glittering career on
the pony-racing circuit behind him, was first to shed his maiden status in the
first division of the Magic Pumpkin Festival Navan Apprentice Handicap.
polish, the 16-year-old cajoled The Lady’s Bid to a head victory over Alice
Milligan and it was a particularly memorable day for the family, as his father
celebrated with a double at Wexford.
very tidy in getting Magic Gal up to deny Lady Rosebud by a nose in the second
division and that was no mean feat, given that it was Gavin Ryan she was
getting the better of. Described by John McConnell as his right-hand woman in
the yard, Rutledge is likely to get plenty of opportunities from the trainer,
who said “she definitely has a career ahead of her”.