The Barry, Fenlon and Walsh families enjoying the Tramore August Racing Festival. Photo: Joe Evans.
Tramore Races-Sunday August 20th
The damp weather on the final day failed to dampen the spirits of punters as five more favourites scored during the afternoon.
Frank Gillane Memorial Maiden Hurdle of €11,500 2m.
Edification set a strong gallop but the eventual winner Fort Montagu the 7/4 favourite ridden by Mark Enright always had the leader in his sights. Striking the front on the run to the penultimate hurdle the John Nicholson trained ‘Fort’ a previous course bumper winner had to be driven right out to repel the late challenge of Glan Y Gors by half a length with Herminio just behind in third.
The Win Big Big With Tote Handicap H/cap Hurdle of €10,000 2m.
Ayelya made a brave effort to lead all the way but with two flights to go gave way to Game Puppeteer who was joined over the last hurdle by Athloman Cottage 7/1, Miracle Cure and Boytonrath. In an exciting finish the Ambrose McCurtin ridden Athloman Cottage battled on strongly for a head win over Boytonrath with Miracle Cure the same distance away in third. Unfortunately Game Puppeteer picked up an injury after the last hurdle and is no longer with us. This win for Athloman Cottage was a first win on the track proper for County Limerick based trainer Donncha Duggan.
Comeragh Veterinary Maiden Hurdle of €11,500 2m. 5f.
Calin Des Ongrais gave it a good go from the front but lost his lead to High Nellie with two hurdles to jump. After biding his time on the 11/8 favourite Hey Little Boy Ruby Walsh brought the Willie Mullins trained German bred gelding with a smooth challenge to join issue over the final hurdle. In a stirring finish Hey Little Boy emerged victorious by half a length from High Nellie.
Heinz Pollmeier Memorial H/cap Chase (Rated 0-109) of €13,000 2m.
The James Dullea trained Line View just loves Tramore and recorded his fourth success at the venue at odds of 7/2. Given a fine front running ride by Paul Townend Line View dug deep from the final fence home holding the late charge of Bellgrove by a neck.
Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park (M) Beg Chase of €13,000 2m. 6f.
Those who helped send Conduct Yourself off the 7/4 favourite received little value for their money as he unseated his rider at the first fence. There were no such issues for the Keith Donoghue ridden Theatre Wine 8/1 who made every stride a winning one eventually accounting for Castlewhite by seven lengths. The winner is in the care of Gordon Elliott the leading trainer at the festival.
Noel Cummins B/maker H/cap Chase Rated 0-123 of €20,000 2m. 6f.
Leading rider at the festival Davy Russell wasn’t hanging around on the Ellmarie Holden trained Sir Jack Yeats this 11/4 favourite making every yard of the running. Jumping for fun up front Sir Jack Yeats was not extended running out a facile nine lengths winner over Burndown.
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race of €11,000 2m.
The Willie Mullins trained and Patrick Mullins partnered Irish Lass the 8/15 favourite was the final nail in the bookmakers coffin running away with the bumper. Keeping wide for the less poached ground as Glebe Girl overtook a front running Bee A Beneficiary Irish Class cruised into the lead inside the final furlong sprinting clear for a seven lengths defeat of Glebe Girl. The winner is a half sister to Airlie Beach. The Tote aggregate was €179,236.
Next meeting. Thursday October 5th.
Reports from all days of the Tramore August Racing Festival in this week’s paper…………….