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Waterford Racing Club

The season is only a week old and Waterford Racing Club already has its first win of the domestic season. Saturday’s action was at the Mick Lally Memorial in Summerhill, Co. Meath where talented newcomer Constantin Bartels, capped off some superb teamwork from Mark Whittle, Footer O’Reilly, Mick Finn, David O’Brien and Cian Dwyer, to [...]

Sir Des Champs delights after 700 day absence

Sir Des Champs (Bryan Cooper) makes a winning return in the 2m 6f listed chase after a 691 day absence Thurles
It’s always endearing to see the return of a top-class steeplechaser from injury and the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs overcame a lengthy absence to win the Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store at Thurles on Thursday of last week. The Willie Mullins-trained Sir Des Champs, absent since finishing fourth [...]

Endurance ride at Cullinagh Stables

After huge success last month at the annual Red Dragon Festival of Endurance at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Wales, members of the Irish Long Distance Riding Association travelled to County Waterford on Sunday, 15th November to participate in the ILDRA’s End of Year Ride at Cullinagh Stables, Kilmeaden. The Irish Long Distance Riding [...]

Road To Riches claims Clonmel Feature

Road To Riches and Bryan Cooper on their way to winning the Clonmel Oil Chase  at Clonmel last Thursday
The main meeting of the year at Clonmel took place on Thursday of last week with the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase occupying centre stage at the Powerstown Park venue. Some five runners went to post for the coveted two and a half mile contest which came complete with a first prize of €30, 875. [...]

Sizing Scorpion strikes for De Bromhead

The national hunt season is really beginning to hit top gear at present and Henry de Bromhead continued his stellar campaign at Fairyhouse on Wednesday of last week by sending out Sizing Scorpion to win the Your Clubs Fundraiser Enquiry Today Handicap Hurdle. Sizing Scorpion, who came into this race with a rating of 89, was [...]

Identity Thief impresses in Down Royal feature

Don Cossack and Bryan Cooper on their way to winning the Champion Chase at Down Royal
Henry de Bromhead is experiencing an absolutely stellar season and the local Knockeen-based handler appears to have another potentially top-class prospect on his hands in the form of Identity Thief who made a victorious return to action in the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle, the featured event on the first session of the two-day weekend meeting [...]

Upsets in Select Stakes Semi-Finals

The 3 greyhounds that made it through to next Saturday's Gain Select Stakes Final from the first semi-final; Shutthebackdoor, Paradise Silva and Go Dex Go
There were upsets in both semi-finals of the Gain Feeds Select Stakes at Kilcohan Park on Saturday with Shutthe Backdoor and Tynwald Rodney winning the respective heats. Paradise Silva was the favourite for the first heat and he was third to the bend as Shutthe Backdoor and Crossfield Max disputed the lead to the bend. The Brendan [...]

Thurles win for Tintown

Andrew Lynch and Le Vegabond on their way to winning the maiden hurdle at Thurles
The first jumps meeting of the season at Thurles took place on Thursday of last week and Bonnemahon-based handler Vincent Halley kept his supporter happy by sending out Tintown Rambler to collect Beginners Chase in the hands of Andrew Lynch. The towering Tintown Rambler, who showed promise in point-to-points last season, was always in [...]

Punchestown win for Houlihan

Petuna Ridden by Sean Houlihan Winning the Mares Flat Race from Earth Sister ridden by Patrick Mullins, 2nd, right, and Cashelard Lady Ridden By JJ King, Far Side.
The first session of the two-day Punchestown meeting took place on Wednesday of last week and 20-year-old Sean Houlihan from Dungarvan will certainly treasure fond memories of the occasion for he partnered his initial winner on Irish soil aboard Petuna in the closing Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Flat Race. The five-year-old Petuna, trained by Ballylaneen [...]

Blood in the Weigh Room

Aidan Coleman returned to ride at Chepstow on Wednesday last
Jockeys are by their very nature a tough crew. They simply have to be. There’s no other sport I can think of where two on course ambulances are mandatory before a race meeting can begin. There isn’t a national hunt jockey riding today who hasn’t suffered his or her fair share of bumps and bruises while [...]