In a fascinating race for the jockey’s title, reigning champ Pat Smullen has hit a rich vein of form and, following a 1,055-1 four-timer at Roscommon yesterday, is all but breathing down the neck of championship leader Colin Keane.
Tue, 29 Aug, 2017
After winning the listed Coolmore Ivawood Stakes in 2016, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Capri went on to much greater things, winning the Irish Derby, and his trainer completed back-to-back victories in the Tipperary race, doing so with a filly, Ballet Shoes.
Sat, 12 Aug, 2017
The opening day of the 2017 Galway Festival was a stern reminder of the meeting’s all too familiar dismissive treatment of punters, but amongst the torment remains the potential for a fairy-tale, and it transpired in the feature race, the Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders’ Handicap.
Tue, 01 Aug, 2017
Fri, 01 Jul, 2016
Dropped back to five furlongs for the first time, Fort Del Oro stamped herself as another potentially high-class sprinter from Eddie Lynam’s yard in County Meath when proving an emphatic winner of the listed Woodlands Stakes in Naas last evening.
Tue, 26 Apr, 2016
The Ger Lyons-trained three-year-old Intisari bolted-up in the €50,000 Red God Handicap in Dundalk yesterday, slamming Ballydoyle hope Royal Navy Ship by four lengths to give Conor Hoban the second leg of a double, on his first ride for the County Meath trainer.
Mon, 17 Aug, 2015
Pat Smullen was at his imperious best as he landed last night’s feature races at Cork, the listed Platinum Stakes and Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes, aboard the Dermot Weld-trained duo, Eshera and Zannda, to complete a treble which he kicked off aboard the exciting Only Mine.
Wed, 05 Aug, 2015
Surprisingly, the only winning favourite on day five of the Galway Festival came in the ultra-competitive Arthur Guinness Handicap, but it was no shock to punters who backed the Tony Martin-trained Tudor City down from a high of 7-1, to a starting price of 5-2. There were a couple of anxious seconds before he prevailed in the cool hands of Fran Berry.
Sat, 01 Aug, 2015
Five-time champion-jockey and four-time Irish Derby winner, Johnny Murtagh savoured his first Derby success as a trainer when 20/1 shot Jocular proved best in a blanket-finish to the Done Deal Apprentice Derby at the Curragh last night.
Sat, 27 Jun, 2015