at first you don’t succeed…
too many denizens of Rosewell House are maidens after 13 attempts but that was
the case with Scorpion Black prior to the commencement of the BetVictor
Guaranteed Run For Your Money Handicap (Division 1) at Gowran Park yesterday.
by Moyglare Stud out of Dalakhani mare Supernovae, and by Shamardal, much more
was expected of the now four-year-old. He was bought by shrewd agent Bobby
O’Ryan for £13,000 at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket last
year but stayed in training with Dermot Weld, for Dominick Glennane, Seamus
O’Brien and Bridget Dillon.
Black had gone up four pounds for two runner-up finishes this season, the most
recent of those at Gowran at the beginning of May when just a neck short of
garnering the spoils. A subsequent sixth-place finish prompted the handicapper
to drop him a pound and it all came together at the 14th time of
asking, Chris Hayes working the oracle this time for a two-and-a-half-length
Nicholson has a rich history in racing, with his father Tim having owned, bred,
trained and/or produced winners of the Irish 1000 Guineas (Prince’s Polly),
Cheltenham Gold Cup (Captain Christy), Irish Grand National (Vulpine) and the
Irish Cesarewitch (triple winner Bigaroon).
Johnstown native, who is now based in enemy territory for Kilkenny man in
Thurles, trained Mutare to win the Morgiana Hurdle way back in 1990 and
registered a Grade 3 success with Great Oak in December 2012.
recent times, Benruben and Ask Susan have held their end up over obstacles,
with Nicholson’s Flat team always fairly small.
Honour’s victory under in-form apprenteice Andrew Slattery in the BetVictor
Supporting Irish Racing Handicap at Gowran Park yesterday was very welcome
though, as it ended a an absence of more than six months from the winner’s
enclosure for his popular handler, since Benruben claimed a bumper at
Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival. Like many of Nicholson’s troops, the son of
Olympic Glory was running in his own colours.
Honour had gone close at the same venue two weeks ago, when just touched off by
a neck in a 17-runner handicap so the three-year-old deserved to get his nose
in front this time.
Blackmore didn’t waste much time getting back into the swing of things after
returning to the saddle at Downpatrick on Saturday following almost five weeks
on the sidelines with a broken collarbone, wrist and nose.
season’s championship runner-up was on the mark on the second day of the Ulster
track’s two-day meeting, steering Put The Kettle On to a seven-length victory
in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
will be looking to build some momentum again after a stunning 2018/19 term and
she certainly has the right backing, with Hendry de Bromhead’s string in rude
The Kettle On was the middle leg of a treble for the Knockeen trainer,
up-and-coming conditional, Hugh Morgan bagging the first double of his nascent
career on Game Present and Killiney Court.
brought the 22-year-old Kilkenny novice an eight career winner, his first
having, on Babbling Stream, come almost 12 months ago at Bellewstown courtesy
of de Bromhead, whose tally is now 14 from just 54 runners.