Trainer Henry de Bromhead (far left), jockey Davy Russell and connections celebrate Balko Des Flos’s Galway Plate win. Photo: Inpho.
Inside the world of horse racing…………
Yarmouth – Trevor Whelan got the very best out of 11/2 shot The Detainee.
Galway – Three Wise Men 7/2 made practically all of the running to score for Henry de Bromhead while local surgeon Tadhg O’Sullivan part owns 9/1 winner Shekiba. The Connery Family Syndicate and Clashmore trainer Roger McGrath combined to score with 14/1 shot Miss Eyecatcher who made practically every yard of the running to triumph over hurdles. Henry De Bromhead captured the featured Galway Plate for the second time as Balco Des Flos scored at odds of 6/1. 16/1 outsider Riviera Sun was a 16/1 winner for Henry.
Thirsk – Tom Queally guided 6/4 shot Mitchum Swagger to victory at Thirsk.
Lingfield – Iballisticvin was a 3/1 winner for Trevor Whelan.
Did You Know?
The BHA are looking at replacing volunteer race day stewards in the UK with a panel of professional stewards from 2019 onwards.
Newbury racecourse are naming a race in honour of former jockey and trainer John Francome and a representative from Newbury had this to say about John, “Everyone has their own favourite ‘Francome moment’, but for me the sportsmanship he displayed in 1981/82 when he stopped riding towards the end of the season having drawn level with Peter Scudamore so that they shared the Champion Jockey title sums up the man perfectly.”
Glorious Goodwood winner Winter is a daughter of Galileo, one of the world’s greatest ever sires, and who stands at Coolmore Stud which is owned by John Magnier. She was foaled by Laddies Poker Two, who was also owned by Winter’s owners, and who won three races for trainer Jeremy Noseda. Following the birth of Winter, Laddies Poker Two was sent back to Galileo four more times – she subsequently had three more fillies, including Snowflakes, who is now a two-year-old, and after two unplaced runs looks short of her big sister’s talent, and she is currently in foal to him. Her owners are hoping the next foal will be a colt.
Horses In Training
County Limerick rookie trainer Richard O’Brien has only four horses in training but managed to win races with all four.
Irish amateur rider Ronan McNally picked up a 14 days ban at Perth for improper riding.
Irish Horses Doing Well Stateside
Modem formerly trained by Jessica Harrington and Swansea Mile who was handled by Ted Walsh are now both running over hurdles in the USA and they recently finished first and second in the same race.
Injured Riders Update
Young Irish born apprentice Rossa Ryan was said to be bruised and battered after a Chester fall but hopes to return to action in the near future. Harry Cobden is sidelined with a broken collarbone sustained at Newton Abbott.
On appeal former jump jockey Robert Widger had his sentence reduced from two years to one year for the theft and possession of stolen goods.
Mexican born but US based flat jockey David Flores (49) who has over 3,000 winners to his credit is quitting the saddle to go training. Former flat jockey Adrian Nicholls (36) son of the late trainer Dandy Nicholls has taken out a trainers licence.
The French Connection
Hayley Turner announced over the weekend that she is returning to the saddle to take advantage of the 2kg (4.4lbs) allowance for women riders in France.