Danny Grant, Pat Flynn and Eoin Doyle are no strangers to the winners’ enclosure at Tramore and the trio enjoyed further success during the four day August Festival which concluded on Sunday.
Grant was one of four jockeys to record two winners over the course of the four days (Davy Condon, Andrew McNamara and Gary Carroll were the other three) while Flynn joined John Oxx and Gordon Elliott with two winners apiece.
Elliott Doubles Up On Opening Day.
Gordon Elliott was the star performer on Thursday’s card with a 9/1 double. Elliott opened his account in the Beginners To Racing Evening 3yo Maiden Hurdle when he saddled the Davy Condon ridden The Ice Factor to record an authoritative two lengths success. The Ice Factor, who was making his debut over flights, led on the run-in to beat Solaras Exhibition by two lengths. A juvenile hurdle in Britain is now likely to feature for The Ice Factor.
Co Meath-based handler Elliot doubled up with the Paul Carberry-ridden Traffic Article in the Brennan’s Pharmacy Beginners Chase with the 9/10 favourite bravely outpointing Michael Halford’s Granaruid by a short head.
Perhaps the highlight of the remainder of the action was the Noel Cummins Bookmakers Hurdle where the Jessica Harrington trained Takeyourcapoff had two and a half lengths to spare over the Henry De Bromhead trained Royal Choice.
Willie Mullins likes nothing more than to have a winner at Tramore and the Co Carlow-based handler, also one of the directors of the track, kept his supporters happy by collecting the closing Harney’s Of Dunhill Flat Race with Passage Vendome.