Tramore Races – Monday April 10th
Local orthodontist Con O’Keeffe, his wife Claire a dentist and well known orthopaedic surgeon Tadhg O’Sullivan had a night to remember as they achieved the rare distinction for such a small operation of sending out the first two home in the second contest when stable mates Kilbarry Cushty 20/1 and Nicaragua 5/1 fought out a thrilling finish. A trail blazing Nicaragua was joined in the back stretch by Kilbarry Cushty and the pair raced neck and neck into the home stretch. The Barry John Foley ridden ‘Kilbarry’ stayed on the stronger in the closing stages to eventually get the better of Nicaragua by a length. The icing on the cake is that O’Keeffes also train both and the sire Classic Cliché and dam Kilbarry Gem of the winner are both based with the O’Keeffes at their Kilbarry Lodge Stud. For the record the forecast (Exacta) with the Tote paid €183.40 to the euro.
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Bred more for the flat game Ineffable (won two flat races for Aidan O’Brien) 7/1 trained by Castlelyons, County Cork based Rodger Sweeney and ridden by Davy Russell proved too strong for the opposition. Bracklin Princess led for a long way but gave way to the winner running down into the dip. Papal Motel emerged as the main challenger to the winner but running on well Ineffable prevailed by one and a half lengths over ‘Papal’.
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Ballinaboola was despatched as the 7/4 favourite but crashed out at the first hurdle suffering a fatal injury. While Eric The Third took over in the lead from the early pacesetter At Rainbows End there was any amount of runners in with a chance over the second last hurdle. Producing the David O’Brien trained Icelip 14/1 with a well timed run Sean Flanagan steered his mount to a hard earned three quarters of a length win over a staying on Tintown Robin. The winner was scoring for the third time at the seaside venue. One of his owners John ’Bubbles’ Grant from Waterford recently celebrated his 90th birthday. John an ex fireman also has strong links with St Josephs Football Club.
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Trained in County Meath by Matthew Smith and given a well judged ride from the front by Andrew Lynch 10/1 shot Prince Garyantle never saw another rival from the outset. Going clear across the top of the track ‘Prince’ cruised to a facile ten lengths defeat of Paleos Du Charmil.
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The Gordon Elliott trained and Jamie Codd partnered Presenting Julio 9/4 justified favouritism with relative ease. Easing his way past the front running Dr Waluigi who made mistakes at the fence on the back stretch ‘Presenting’ was soon in command of matters galloping on to a fluent six lengths victory over Willow Grange. In this nine runner affair Soaring High did not live up his name barely rising when falling at the final fence in the home straight.
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With expected hot favourite Jammin Masters a non runner the Andy Slattery trained Dimple was despatched as the 9/10 favourite. Well handled by seven pound claiming amateur Liam Quinlan Dimple was allowed stride on into the lead past the early leader So Influential. Island Master threatened briefly over the penultimate fence but Dimple kicked again to run out a four and three-quarter lengths winner over Island Master.
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Finny Maguire who claims a valuable five pounds gave the John Nicholson owned and trained Fort Montagu 16/1 a positive ride from the front to lead all the way. Or Jaune De Somoza finished best of the rest but the winner had flown eventually winning out by two and a quarter lengths.
The Tote aggregate was €176,905 and the going described as good.
The next fixture is on Friday June 2nd. Evening meeting.