Local trainer Henry de Bromhead enjoyed a smashing treble last Sunday. 11/2 shot Starkie was a decent winner over hurdles at Cork while at the same track 4/1 shot Days Hotel owned by Jim Treacy defied a lengthy absence to capture the featured Hilly Way chase under Philip Enright.
At Punchestown Two Scoops 6/1 under Andrew Lynch ran out an easy winner of a listed hurdle.
This Week’s Irish And UK Fixtures
Wednesday- Dundalk 6.30pm, Hexham, Leicester, Kempton and Lingfield.
Thursday- Gowran 12.35pm, Huntington, Kempton, Ludlow and Taunton.
Friday- Dundalk 6.30pm, Cheltenham, Bangor, Southwell and Wolverhampton
Saturday- Fairyhouse 12.15pm, Doncaster, Cheltenham, Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton.
Sunday- Navan (Grade 1 Novice hurdle) 12.20pm, Carlisle, Musselburgh and Hereford.
Upcoming Terrestrial TV Racing
Friday December 14th
Channel 4 – Racing from Cheltenham 1.05pm.
Saturday December 15th
Channel 4 – Racing from Cheltenham (International Meeting) and Doncaster 1.45pm.
New Trainers Association Executive
After 10 years in the job Jim Kavanagh is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive of the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association. Michael Grassick will take over the salaried job and Michael Grassick junior will now look after the string formerly handled by his father on the Curragh.
Andrew Rings The Changes
Wealthy owner Andrew Tinkler has dispensed with the services of his racing manger Tim Jones as he intends to take a greater hands on approach with his 60 strong string spread between trainers in the UK and Ireland.
Ton Up For Graham
Galway born rider Graham Lee who changed codes (national hunt to flat) last April rode his 100th winner on the level for the year at Wolverhampton last week.
Hereford Fine And Bans
Trainer Oliver Sherwood (fined £3,000), jockey Leighton Aspell (14 day ban) and Furrows (banned for racing for 40 days) over the performance of Furrows in a novice chase at Hereford last Wednesday.
New Approach Fee
Given the success of Dawn Approach it comes as little surprise to hear that his sire New Approach will stand at a fee of £50,000 in 2013 up considerably from his 2012 fee of £22,500.
Jump Boys Success
The recent Jump Boys documentary on TG4 attracted 300,000 viewers.
Inis Meain To Go Jumping
Shrewd owner Barry Connell has purchased decent flat campaigner Inis Meain with a view to going jumping with this gelding who is now in training with 24 year old handler Denis Hogan.
John Gosden Stable Update
Champion UK trainer John Gosden enjoyed a great 2012 but will not have some of his stable stars available to him in 2013. Fallen For You, Izzi Top, Nathaniel, Great Heavens and Artic Cosmos have all retired. Elusive Kate and The Fugue will however remain in training next season while Thought Worthy the Great Voltigeur winner this year was sold to continue his career in Australia.
Born To Sea Retired
The Tsui family have retired Born To Sea (3) to stand at Rathasker Stud in County Kildare at a fee of 10,000 Euro. The half brother to Galileo and Sea The Stars is the last foal out of prolific brood mare Urban Sea.
Flemenstar In Cruise Control
The Peter Casey trained and Andrew Lynch ridden Flemenstar 1/1 made every post a winning one in the Grade 1 John Durkan chase at Punchestown last Sunday breezing in five lengths clear of Sir Des Champs.
Breathing Op For Voler
The Colm Murphy trained Voler La Vedette is set to undergo a breathing operation after a below par effort in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse last week.
The Late Tony Sweeney
Renowned racing journalist and historian Tony Sweeney passed away last week aged 81. Sweeney was Irish racing correspondent of the Daily Mirror for 42 years and was also a familiar face as part of RTE television’s racing team, having been a broadcaster for 35 years.
Six Months Ban For Frankie
Italian born jockey Frankie Dettori has been banned from riding for six months after testing positive for a prohibited substance. The three-times British champion jockey, 41, tested positive for a substance widely reported to have been cocaine following a routine test at Longchamp on September 16. Dettori’s suspension runs from November 20 to May 19 and is expected to be reciprocated by racing jurisdictions worldwide, including by the BHA and the Irish Turf Club.
Major Blow For Wexford Born Rider
Wexford born Daryl Jacob is set to miss the busy Christmas period and a number of important rides after being landed with a 10-day suspension at Wincanton last Thursday. Riding the well-backed Ulis De Vassy, Jacob was disputing the lead in a Handicap Hurdle when he appeared to mistake a marker pole 50 yards from the finish for the winning post and momentarily eased his mount down.
Although it seemed unlikely that his mount would have got the better of the battle with 9/2 winner Quaddick Lake, the winning margin was only a neck and the stewards ruled that he had failed to ride out “on a horse that could have been placed first” .The ban covers race days from December 20 to January 1.
Sprinter Sacre Superb
The Nicky Henderson trained and Barry Geraghty partnered Sprinter Sacre the red hot 4/11 hot pot destroyed his rivals when winning the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in a canter from 25/1 Kumbeshwar.
Hong Kong Win For Red Cadeaux
The Ed Dunlop trained and Gerard Mosse partnered Red Cadeaux scored his first Group One victory as he claimed a thrilling renewal of the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin, Hong Kong last Sunday.