Mullinavat is welcomed back to winners enclosure by trainer Henry De Bromhead, owner MM Allen and jockey Sean Flanagan.
Tramore Races-Thursday October 5th
On a sunny afternoon and with the attendance boosted by an influx of Waterford based students this fixture certainly made for a pleasant session of National Hunt horse racing by the sea.
www.tramore-racecourse.com Maiden Hurdle of €11,000 2m.
Despite drifting from a morning price of 7/4 all the way out to 4/1 the Gus Leahy (Kilmallock, County Limerick) trained and Mark Walsh partnered Wait Here made light of his starting price running out a clear cut winner. Coming to join the front running pair of Our Pocket Rocket and Grallagh between the final two flights ‘Wait’ quickened up nicely from the final hurdle home eventually accounting for Our Pocket Rocket by all of nine lengths. The winners carries the famous colours of wealthy owner JP McManus.
Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle of €10,000 2m.
A wide margin winner over fences at the August festival the Henry De Bromhead trained and Sean Flanagan ridden Mullinavat repeated the dose only this time it was over hurdles. Sent off the 9/10 market leader the 8 year old Mullinavat went to the front at an early stage from Like A Diamond. Increasing his lead throughout Mullinavat eventually cruised to a twenty three lengths success over the Vinnie Halley trained Tintown Robin.
Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle of €11,000 2m. 5f.
Promising seven pound claimer Donie McInerney gave the Moses McCabe (Adamstown, County Wexford) trained The Kings Baby 5/2 a confident front running ride to easily capture this contest with plenty to spare. The opposition only ever had a rear end view of the Model County trained winner as the 6 year old mare cruised to a ten lengths success over Aherlow who raced in second spot throughout.
Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Facebook Handicap Hurdle of €12,000 2m. 5f.
August Festival course and distance winner Ardera Cross was sent off the 7/4 favourite but met one to good on this occasion in the shape of the James Dullea (Bandon, County Cork) trained Just Get Cracking 4/1. With the front running Naturally Blonde coming back to the field ‘Just’ , ‘Ardera’ and Carrigready settled down to scrap it out over the final two hurdles. Producing the better turn of finishing pace for rider Paul Townend ‘Just’ eased his way clear running out a facile five lengths winner over ‘Ardera’. The Rebel County trained winner was scoring at the seaside venue for a third time. Over half of trainer Dullea’s winners (11 out of 21) have come at this venue in the past five seasons
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The locally trained Guitar George was an early casualty unseating Kevin Sexton at the second fence. As this contest was run Persian Wind who made a number of minor mistakes including the last fence and Knockraha King dominated matters from flag fall. Little or nothing separated this duo after the final fence with Luke Dempsey riding for his dad Philip who trains in County Kildare getting the best out of 6/1 chance Persian Wind holding at bay the persistent challenge of ‘Knockraha’ who tasted defeat by a short head.
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The father and son combination of Jimmy and Paddy Mangan (first success since Whisky Galore at Sligo in September 2015) enjoyed a welcome change of luck when Conna Cross 6/1 finished best of all to win out. With the 13/8 favourite Double Island pulling up after losing his action on the back stretch Castlewhite and Leaders Choice appeared to have this contest to themselves. Coming with a daring and sustained run up the inside however the well built Conna Cross kept on best on the run to the winning line basically outstaying Castlewhite (a winner of three point to points) by two and three-quarter lengths.
Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Ladies Pro/Am Flat Race of €10,000 2m.
Local trainer Shay Barry had a mixed afternoon. Earlier on he lost Kalanisi King in a heavy fall over hurdles but his luck changed for the better in the concluding bumper as Laura Hourigan who claims a very valuable five pounds steered the nicely supported On His Toes 6/1 to a deserved victory. Taking over in the lead at the two furlong marker from a front running By The Barrow On His Toes a five year old son of Presenting clearly appreciating the decent underfoot conditions shot into the lead before seeing off the late charge of Ok Splendid by three quarters of a length with a disappointing 5/4 favourite Cornakill Rose back in third.
The Tote aggregate was €127,956 and the going described as yielding.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 14th 2017.