Acebo clocks up win no. 5 in mares open

Crrigeen Acebo is providing the Lalor family from outside Clonmel with some tremendous sport this season and the seven-year-old recorded her fifth consecutive point-to-point success of the campaign by winning a thrilling mares’ open at yesterday’s Cloyne Harriers meeting at Dromahane.

Acebo clocks up win no. 5 in mares open

Carrigeen Acebo (4/5), trained by Dick Lalor for his wife Anne and partnered by the couple’s daughter Liz, was always well positioned and she was challenged by Ballyadam Dancer from three out. The latter weakened from the penultimate obstacle as a pair of more potent dangers emerged in the form of Isourbell and Saddlenomore on the run to the last. Runner-up Isourbell actually led away from this final fence, but the hooded Carrigeen Acebo fought back determinedly on the inner to lead in the shadow of the post with a head separating her from Sheila Ahern’s mount in what was the closest finish of the afternoon.

“We will stick to points for the time being and we will run her hopefully on the racecourse when the points are over,” said handler Lalor of the homebred Carrigeen Acebo.

Derek O’Connor, whilst out of luck from three mounts at the previous afternoon’s Durrow meeting in Co Offaly, went with four winners and he will seldom ride an easier winner than he did aboard Enda Bolger’s well-touted newcomer Thecraicisninety (4/5- 1/2) in the opening four-year-old maiden. Thecraicisninety led from the third fence and the British-bred, who will now more than likely receive a break, eased clear from the third last of the 13 obstacles to slam Nomoreblackjack by 30 lengths in the familiar JP McManus silks.

O’Connor then combined with Ballinure-based handler/breeder Hillary McLoughlin to win the five-year-old mares’ maiden with first-timer Kate Van Hall (6/4). A daughter of Scorpion, Kate Van Hall eased to the front before the second last to beat Clorinka by four lengths in the colours of the Gold & Blue Syndicate which comprise of Miss McLoughlin’s family. Kate Van Hall is now likely to contest the mares’ pointers bumper at Tipperary next month.

Derby sale graduate Smuggler’s Stash assumed command approaching the last, forging clear on the flat to dispose of Adeenne De Sevres by eight lengths.

Results:

Going:Yielding/Soft

Garryvoe Hotel & Ballyregan Stables 4-Y-O Maiden. 3 Miles

1) J P McManus’ Thecraicisninety

(GB) b g (Presenting – Dancingwithbubbles) 11-9 Mr D O’Connor

2) K Purcell’s Nomoreblackjack

11-9 Mr P Power

3) J Coen’s Eyes Of A Tige

r 11-9 Mr D L Queally

6 ran. 30L, 1L, 2L. (Winner trained by Enda Bolger)

Ballymaloe House & Gain Horse Feeds 5-Y-O Mares’ Maiden. 3 Miles

1) Gold & Blue Syndicate’s Kate Van Hall

br m (Scorpion – Susie Van Princess) 11-11 Mr D O’Connor

2) Ms G Billington’s Clorinka

11-11 Mr G M Mangan

3) D G McCarthy’s Leila’s Island

11-11 Mr B J Foley

6 ran. 4L, 3L, 15L. (Winner trained by Hillary McLoughlin)

Gate Childcare Centre & Dairygold Pegus 5 & 6-Y-O Geldings’ Maiden. 3 Miles

1) Ms R Hickey’s Smuggler’s Stash

ch g (Stowaway – Sweetasanu) 12-2 Mr D L Queally

2) Ms M Samworth’s Adeenne De Sevres

(FR) 11-11 Mr B M Linehan

3) D & Ms H Wilson’s Shredder Island

12-2 Mr E P O’Brien

10 ran. 8L, 5L, 6L. (Winner trained by Roisin Hickey)

Sherlawn Oil Company & McCarthy Commercials Winners Of One. 3 Mile

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1) R Walsh’s Myselfandjoe

b g (Gamut – Chiminee House)7-12-2 Mr D O’Connor

2) I Madden’s Definite Surprise

8-11-11 Mr W W McMahon

3) Dr R Lambe’s Vaxalxo

(FR) 6-11-11 Mr B M Linehan

5 ran. 3L, 2L, 3L. (Winner trained by Robert Tyner)

East Cork Oil Mares’ Open Lightweight . 3 Miles

1) Mrs A Lalor’s Carrigeen Acebo

gr m (Indian River – Carrigeen Acer) 7-12-2 Miss E A Lalor

2) S Aherne’s Isourbell

13-11-11 Miss S Ahern

3) C Clarke’s Saddlenomore

11-12-2 Mr M J O’Connor

6 ran. Hd, 3L, 5L. (Winner trained by R H Lalor)

Oak Lodge Nursing Home & Simon Kelly Solicitor 6-Y-O & Upwards Maiden . 3 Miles

1) C Duggan’s U Me And Them

ch g (Vertical Speed – Bodies Pride) 6-12-2 Mr D O’Connor

2) C A Smart’s Red River Gold

7-12-2 Mr E P O’Brien

3) Mrs L McGrath & O O’Mahony All Kings

6-12-2 Mr D L Queally

11 ran. 3/4L, 3 1/2L, Nk. (Winner trained by Robert Tyner)

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