Weekend Takeaways from Gowran Park and Downpatrick


Weekend Takeaways from Gowran Park and Downpatrick

Monday, June 17, 2019
Weekend Takeaways 17 june 2019

If at first you don’t succeed…

Not 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.

Bred 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.

Scorpion 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 success.

 

 

Nicholson’s Olympic Honour

John 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).

The 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.

In recent times, Benruben and Ask Susan have held their end up over obstacles, with Nicholson’s Flat team always fairly small.

Olympic 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.

Olympic 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.

 

 

Back to Black

Rachael 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.

Last 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.

Blackmore 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 health.

Put 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.

That 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.

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