Yesterday’s well-attended Doneraile Harriers point-to-point meeting at Dromahane is one that will live long in the memory of Aghabullogue point-to-point committee member Michael Twomey for he was credited with his first success as an owner when Coillte Lass showed a blistering turn of foot from the final fence to win the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden.
The five-year-old Coillte Lass (2/1), having finished an excellent start on her previous start at Liscarroll last month, must have had all of four lengths to make up approaching the final fence as the wells-supported favourite At Rainbow’s End still held the call.
Coillte Lass however responded generously for the in-form Ciaran Fennessy and she stormed to the front on the inner some 50 yards out to eclipse At Rainbow’s End by a half-length.
Debbie Hartnett trains Coillte Lass and the Donoughmore-based operator said: “This mare is very tough and she’s built like a gelding. She has needed a bit of time and she will now go for the mares’ bumper at Tipperary next month, if she’s not sold.”
The Jimmy Mangan-trained Vanguard (7/1) supplemented his success at Bandon in late-February by landing the winners of three in the hands of Eoin O’Brien.
Vanguard, who had all of ten lengths to make up in fourth spot from four out, had just taken the measure of Carry On Asian when Jerry Baragry’s charge fell at the final fence and the Karen O’Driscoll-owned eight-year-old then asserted to beat Skip A Beat Kid by three lengths.
The four-mile open at Kinsale on the final weekend of the season is now likely to feature for Vanguard.
Johnny Hurley won the prize for the meeting’s leading rider by partnering two winners and the Conna native brought his seasonal tally to eight by landing the closing novice riders’ open aboard Truckin All Night (5/4).
Recently successful at Ballyarthur and Ballynoe, the Batt O’Connell-trained Truckin All night was disputing the lead with Golden Crisp when Padraig Higgins’ charge fell at the final fence and the former three-time track winner then repelled Mountain Lough by a neck in what was the closest finish of the afternoon.
Hurley (21) was earlier on the mark aboard Denis Ahern’s homebred One More Hero (6/1), who made a pleasing debut despite pulling up at Liscarroll last month, in the second instalment of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden.
The towering One More Hero, whom trainer/breeder Ahern tends to for wife Norah, powered to the front to lead on the inner 50 yards out en-route to eclipsing Big Bad Brian by two lengths. One More Hero will now be offered for sale.
The TJ Nagle-trained Blackwater Bramble (7/1) atoned for pulling up on his initial career start when sent off favourite at Ballyarthur last month by making all the running with Eoin O’Sullivan in the first division of this same contest.
Blackwater Bramble, a giant-sized son of King’s Theatre that’s shared by Denman’s owner Paul Barber with David Martin, jumped superbly and he stylishly drew clear from the final fence to dispose of Scorpo by two and a half lengths.
The four-year-old maiden proved to be a most grief-stricken contest with no less than four horses falling two out and newcomer My Story (7/2) continued the terrific run of absent handler Donnchadh Doyle by leading from this penultimate obstacle to beat Zolko by six lengths in the hands of Harley Dunne. My Story seemed to be containing Smuggler’s Blues when the Liam Burke-trained favourite exited at the final fence.
Louis Archdeacon likes nothing more than to have a winner at this venue and the Banteer-based operator struck with Tedspeed (4/1), whom he jointly owns with David Cullinane from Millstreet, in the second split of the six-year-old and upwards maiden.
Kinsale Arts Week still held the call two out, a fence that sadly saw the favourite Hes Chancy sustaining a fatal fall, but Tedspeed was making inroads the whole time and he blitzed past with Declan Queally on the flat to score by one and a half lengths.
The Marie Harding-trained Icantsay justified strong market support from 7/2 into 5/2 by readily put his rivals to the sword on his return to points duty in the first division of this same contest.
Icantsay, placed four times on the track last summer, took up the running clearly travelling with James Hannon at the second last and he then had little difficulty in containing main market-rival Fortune Bound by five lengths.
Icantsay is owned by Catherine Walsh from Kildorrery, who missed the occasion on account of being away holidaying in Portugal.
Goffs Punchestown Sale 4-Y-O Maiden of €800. 3 Miles
1) Monbeg Syndicate’s My Story b g (Court Cave – Holloden) 11-10 Mr H D Dunne
2) Ms S Keane’s Zolfo 11-10 Mr D L Queally
3) D & H Wilson’s Lakemilan 11-0 Mr J Hurley
13 ran. 6L, 3L, 2 1/2L. (Winner trained by Donnchadh Doyle)
Grange Stud, Fermoy 5 & 6-Y-O Mares’ Maiden of €800. 3 Miles
1) M Twomey’s Coillte Lass b m (Beneficial – Black Mariah) 5-11-10 Mr C W Fennessy
2) Miss E J Gallagher’s At Rainbow’s End 5-11-5 Mr M C O’Donovan
3) J V Redmond’s Timetobenefit 5-11-5 Mr N J Redmond
16 ran. 1/2L, 3L, 3L. (Winner trained by Debbie Hartnett)
Tattersalls Ireland 5-Y-O Geldings’ Maiden (1st Div) of €800. 3 Miles
1) P K Barber & D J Martin’s Blackwater Bramble b g (King’s Theatre – Don’t Be Upset) 11-10 Mr E M O’Sullivan
2) Mrs K Griffin’s Scorpo 12-1 Mr D M Spillane
3) T Cooper’s Hecansting 12-1 Mr H D Dunne
13 ran. 2 1/2L, 1L, 3/4L. (Winner trained by T J Nagle Jr )
Tattersalls Ireland 5-Y-O Geldings’ Maiden (2nd Div) of €800. 3 Miles
1) Mrs N Ahern’s One More Hero b g (Milan – Classy Society) 11-10 Mr J Hurley
2) Tierney & Hayes Partnership’s Big Bad Brian 11-10 Mr P J Cawley
3) E Ryan’s Bru Boru 12-1 Mr H D Dunne
13 ran. 2L, 1L, 6L. (Winner trained by Denis Ahern)
Coolagown Stud & Dairygold Co-Op 6-Y-O & Upwards Maiden (1st Div) of €800. 3 Miles
1) Mrs C Walsh’s Icantsay b g (Spadoun – Twilight Vic) 6-12-1 Mr J W Hannon
2) J & Mrs K O’Callaghan’s Fortune Bound 7-12-1 Mr D L Queally
3) T Hurley’s Mushera Mor 6-11-10 Mr M C O’Donovan
11 ran. 5L, 3/4L, 9L. (Winner trained by Miss M Harding)
Cooagown Stud & Dairygold Co-Op 6-Y-O & Upwards Maiden (2nd Div) of €800. 3 Miles
1) L J Archdeacon & D Cullinane’s Tedspeed ch g (Vertical Speed – Clare Hogan) 6-12-1 Mr D L Queally
2) Miss A J Tierney’s Kinsale Arts Week 9-12-1 Mr M D Hickey
3) W J Austin’s Boysies Lad 6-11-10 Mr E Mahon
11 ran. 1 1/2L, 1L, 3L. (Winner trained by L J Archdeacon)
OK Woodcraft & Rathbarry Stud Winners Of Three of €800. 3 Miles
1)Ms K O’Driscoll’s Vanguard b g (Oscar – Timerry) 8-12-1 Mr E P O’Brien
2) Mrs M Brennan’s Skip A Beat Kid 7-12-1 Mr D L Queally
3) Ms E O’Flynn’s Quarryking 9-11-10 Mr J J O’Connor
8 ran. 3L, 6L, 2L. (Winner trained by James Joseph Mangan)
Hibernian Hotel & Buckley Bros Novice Riders Open Lightweight of €1, 000. 3 Miles
1) Conna Enclosure Syndicate’s Truckin All Night b g (Snurge – Bun Doite) 10-12-1 Mr J Hurley
2) Mrs M Archdeacon’s Mountain Lough 12-12-1 Mr J J O’Connor
3) A M O’Grady’s Clara More 11-12-1 Mr B D O’Neill
7 ran. Nk, Dist, 4L. (Winner trained by Batt O’Connell)
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