Hogan is one of the real breakout trainers OF the past few seasons, steadily
improving THE quality and quantity of HIS string by virtue of sending out more
and more winners, many of them relatively cheap acquisitions.
is among those that have put a lie to the oft-peddled notion that it is
impossible for new handlers to make an impact, doing so in both codes while combining
it with being a jump jockey, albeit that most of his rides are for himself.
by his standards, last Friday night was outstanding as his four runners yielded
three winners and a third, almost the maximum return he could have had, with
the third, Gopsies Duaghter finishing behind stablemate Bahlwan, who had
promising young apprentice Joey Sheridan doing the steering in the Magners Dark
Fruit Handicap at Down Royal.
in Wexford, Hogan combined with Paul Cawley – brother of jockey Alain and trainer
Brian – for a double over obstacles. Mister Butler kept on well when making his
challenge late on to just dead heat with Ronan McNally’s all-the-way leader
Black Spot On in the thrilling Flood Ironworks Ltd Handicap Hurdle.
was a tight one again in the Ferrybank Open Beginners’ Chase but this time,
Cawley got Liglighter to stick his head in front of Woodbrook Boy and Rachael
Blackmore, right on the line to prevail by a neck.
Socks it to em
signposted on Friday that Tom Madden had an opportunity to cash in at Gowran
Park on Saturday, with Shane Foley bound for Ascot to ride Punita Arora.
Unfortunately for Foley, it was a wasted trip as the filly never made it to the
– known as ‘Socks’ as the next Madden rider following in the footsteps of the
Nialls, his father ‘Boots’ and brother ‘Slippers’ – has enjoyed being Jessica
Harrington’s Number 2 this season and he capitalised on the opportunities once
again with a double at the Kilkenny venue.
got under way a little earlier than normal at this time of year, in deference
to the Cats’ impending pulsating All-Ireland hurling semi-final defeat of
champions Limerick, and the Madden/Harrington axis was quickly on the mark with
another two-year-old filly.
Please was very impressive on debut, coming with a late, withering run to bag
the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden by a length and a half. A little over
an hour and a half later, the ultra-consistent Minni Haha earned a deserved day
in the sun with three lengths to spare in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’
brings Madden’s tally to 12 for the season, while Harrington has a career-best
45 now for an Irish flat campaign, just three behind Joseph O’Brien, who trails
his father Aidan by 14. Harrington’s tally is from considerably less runners
too – 277, compared to 382 for O’Brien the younger and 358 for the master of
Harrington was the sole multiple-winning trainer at Gowran Park on Saturday,
though Tom Madden shared riding honours with championship leader Colin Keane
and claimer Ben Coen. Keane was victorious for his boss Ger Lyons on Long Arm
in the concluding contest, having earlier been excellent in setting good
fractions on Lady Olenna for Ray Cody, who has been doing well since taking out
a licence himself, after a successful period assisting Ellmarie Holden.
Fahey got a boost ahead of what he hopes will be a memorable Galway Festival,
where Peregrine Run leads a strong team, when Shamad got up by a head under
Coen, while a man with an outstanding Galway record, Pat Flynn continued
his recent excellent form thanks to Travelwise, who also had Coen on board.
McCann and Shane Ryder were the other triumphant handlers, the former
celebrating thanks to Little Camacho and Gavin Ryan, with Ryder greeting A Few
Bob Short and Leigh Roche into the winner’s enclosure.