Mullins’ Gallic glory
marks out the greatest from in any sport is that their hunger for success is
never sated. Willie Mullins has long illustrated his desire to repeat success
and set new break new ground and there are plenty Flat trainers who wish they
he would focus on the National Hunt scene exclusively, rather than increasingly
plundering juicy pots on the level with the likes of Micro Manage, an
impressive Curragh scorer on Friday night.
course the Closutton boss has a very fine record at Royal Ascot too and is
readying a strong-looking outfit in a bid to increase that haul the week after
has been a happy, hunting ground for a number of years and with so many of his
troops having been less active than normal due to the unusually dry winter and
spring in Ireland, his contingent for the valuable prizes on offer in France at
this time of year is stronger than ever.
Mr Adjudicator added to his Punchestown Festival triumph by providing his
trainer with a sixth Grade 2 Prix La Barka in eight years. Local pilot Bertrand
Lestrade brought David Bobbett’s talented five-year-old home three lengths in
front of stablemate Bapaume, who had Paul Townend providing onboard guidance.
victory comes hot on the heels of Townend garnering the Grande Course de Haies
on the Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux.
Grade 1-winning juvenile hurdler, Mr Adjudicator may not be finished for the
summer, with Patrick Mullins commenting on his “attractive Flat mark” that “we
might exploit at some stage”.
say you haven’t been warned!
Sher going places
success as an apprentice is no guarantee of a prolonged term in racing but Joey
Sheridan is certainly moving in the right direction.
17-year-old from County Tipperary claimed the third winner of his embryonic
career as a jockey when Kerosin took the spoils in the www.navanracecourse.ie Handicap at
Navan on Saturday, and in the process saw his claim reduced to seven pounds
three months after taking out his licence.
Racer got Sheridan off the mark in Dundalk on April 24th and Make A
Challenge brought him closer to losing his 10 pounds at Fairyhouse at the end
those two, Kerosin is trained by Denis Hogan, whose horses are in white-hot
form at present, which is to Sheridan’s benefit.
provided the young prospect with his first racecourse ride as well as his three
winners to date. The chances are this is a partnership that will produce a few
more days to remember.
paints a pretty picture
Lavery will certainly be facing into Royal Ascot with confidence high as an
exciting campaign to date was boosted further by a brace of winners from Friday
Grey was impressive at the Curragh on Friday night before Magnetic North
justified the faith the trainer has always had in him with a gutsy display at
Navan the following day.
is the most remarkable operator, having only taken out a licence to train as a
52-year-old when left with horses that she was unable to sell in a failed
pinhooking enterprise. With the support of brother John and backed by
constantly-improving fortunes, the yard has continued to grow.
Meath conditioner is half-way towards her tally of eight winners registered
last season, though still has a little way to go to match the career high 13 of
with 11 other finishes in the first four and the little matter of English 1000
Guineas runner-up Lady Kaya on target for a tilt at the Commonwealth Cup, Irish
racing’s Lady Lavery is painting a very pretty picture indeed.