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Shantou flies home at Sligo

Cailin Annamh (Barry Geraghty, left) pounces to beat Alelchi Inois in the PWC Champion Chase Gowran Park
Kiltealy, Co Wexford handler Colin Bowe has his team in cracking order at present and he struck with Shantou Flyer in the closing Foley’s Bar & Off Licence Chase at Sligo on Wednesday of last week. Sent off the 9/10 favourite to beat his three opponents, Shantou Flyer disputed the lead from the fifth fence until [...]

Ballychorus on song at Ballinrobe

Adrian Heskin aboard the Mags Mullins trained Ballychorus en route to winning the  Eamon Sheridan Plant Hire & Ground Works Chase at Ballinrobe last week
The final Ballinrobe meeting of 2015 took place at the popular Co Mayo track on Tuesday of last week and Goresbridge handler Mag Mullins seems to have a genuine top-class mare on her hands in Ballychorus who landed the Eamon Sheridan Plant Hire & Ground Works Chase. The King’s Theatre-sired Ballychorus made all in the hands [...]

Casey’s Winning Farewell

Waterford jockey David Casey retired from race riding on a winning note at Listowel last week.
David Casey retired from a long and successful riding career in great style at Listowel last week with a winning farewell. In fairness, getting the leg up on the 1/6 hot favourite was hardly the most challenging moment of the Waterford jockey’s career and the Susannah Ricci owned Long Dog romped to an easy nine and [...]

Rogue Angel wins Listowel Feature

A guard of honour for David Casey from his fellow jockeys as he prepares for his last ride as a professional at Listowel last Wednesday
The Listowel festival occupied centre stage last week and Waterford city-born jockey David Casey brought down the curtain on his 20-year riding career at the north Co Kerry track on Wednesday by steering Willie Mullins’ long odds-on shot Long Day to a resounding success in the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle. The 144-rated Long Dog, [...]

Nation Hunt Season Moving Up a Gear

The national hunt season is really moving up a gear at present and on Tuesday of last week, Windgap-based handler Garrett Power continued his present purple patch by sending out Steel Wave to win the Anglo Printers Handicap Hurdle at the second stage of the three-day Galway September meeting. The Craigsteel-sired Steel Wave, who came into [...]

Motorcycle grasstrack racing in Kilmacthomas

The Youth Motorcycling Sporting Association (YMSA) autumn championship kicks off on Sunday next, September 13th at 12 noon at Ballyboy, Kilmacthomas. The event will be the first round of a five round championship which will run over the coming months and is organised by the South Western MX group which is a motocross and off road [...]

Motorcycle grasstrack racing in Kilmacthomas

The Youth Motorcycling Sporting Association (YMSA) autumn championship kicks off on Sunday next, September 13th at 12 noon at Ballyboy, Kilmacthomas. The event will be the first round of a five round championship which will run over the coming months and is organised by the South Western MX group which is a motocross and off road [...]

Dermot Weld wins on points

Dermot Weld, leading trainer in Galway for the 29th time in 30 years, albeit on points.
ermot Weld took the leading trainer award at last week’s Galway Festival for the 29th in the last 30 years despite finishing with just five winners, one behind Tony Martin and three behind Willie Mullins. Such an anomaly exists because the leading trainer gong at Ballybrit is awarded to the trainer who accumulates the highest number [...]

Waterford rider to represent Ireland in Mongolia

Anna Lehane-Davny and Suzanne Hehle represent Ireland at an American Quarter Horse Association event in Mongolia next weekend.
aterford rider Anna Lehane-Davny and Suzanne Hehle will represent the Irish Quarter Horse Association at an approved American Quarter Horse Association special event during the Inner Mongolia Invitational Horse Fair from July 10th to 13th. The large fair is considered to be one of the People Republic of China’s largest local festivals and will feature many [...]

Eight Irish-trained Winners at Royal Ascot

Irish trainers enjoyed another successful Royal Ascot when saddling eight winners over the five-day festival matching the tally reached in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Aidan O’Brien brought his personal tally to 48 winners and emerged as the leading trainer at the meeting for the sixth time, while there was also notable success for Dermot Weld, [...]