There was disappointment
all round when racing was abandoned at Gowran Park on Saturday but no-one could
have had any complaints as safety must always come first.
delayed the opening 1.35 race due to the lightning. When it looked like the
weather had eased, it was decided to go ahead with jockeys and trainers happy
to do so but while the heavy rain was not a concern, the returning lightning
It was the
right call to abandon racing, with the welfare of patrons, connections, jockeys
and horses at stake.
has been rescheduled for Thursday.
O’Brien duel keeps excitement going
O’Brien was one man who would have rued the weather gods inserting themselves
into his affairs as Saturday represented an opportunity to move onto the withers
of his predecessor as champion jockey, Colin Keane.
Keane leads by
three but was in Ayr on Saturday to ride Buffer Zone in the Gold Cup for boss
Ger Lyons. While the failure of the favourite to raise any sort of a gallop was
a major disappointment, a pep would have returned to the Keane step when news
filtered through that his rival had been denied the opportunity to cut the
Riding Tell Me
All to win a nursery for Cheveley Park and Mark Prescott would only have added
to that feeling of positivity.
A double in
Dundalk on Friday moved Keane the three clear but we can be sure that this is a
duel that will maintain interest in the Irish Flat season right down to the
final week. It is to be enjoyed, for these two young men – Keane is 25 and
O’Brien 21 – are operating at the very top of their game.
resumes at Fairyhouse today.
No Bumps as
Cullinan bags No 1
The last few
weeks have seen a number of young jockeys riding their first winners and so it
was for Cian Cullinan, who gave Humps And Bumps a confident ride to claim the
Tuam Herald Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe on Friday evening.
22-year-old from Wexford moved the Peter Croke-trained mare to the front three
out and exerted dominance from there to sail home by three lengths.
Bumps will have a special place in the Cullinan scrapbook as the former RACE
student bagged one of his three point-to-point winners on her before breaking
his track duck with her in such convincing fashion.
memorable too for Croke, the Glenealy-based trainer who was saddling his second
winner of the season from just 16 runs – the other being The Rubinator who like
Humps And Bumps is owned by chief supporter Maurice Sheehy.