Dysart Dancer, far from one hundred per cent in the morning, stripped fit and well to land the 2012 Tramore Races Centenary Year Maiden Hurdle at the seaside venue yesterday.
Explained her trainer, Willie Mullins: “She was very stiff when pulling out this morning. “But my vet, Verginie Bascop, and the staff did a great job warming her up and she seemed fine when arriving here.”
The winner was making her jumping debut, but flicked across the flights like an experienced pro and had this in safe keeping once asked to lead by Emmet Mullins coming away from the third last.
“I might try and win a flat race with her, but more than likely she will go for a mares’ novice hurdle and will want a trip”, continued Mullins.
The Mullins’ initiated a double when Moveable Asset got into the Family Fun Day At Tramore Races Maiden Hurdle as first reserve and duly justified favouritism.
Mind you his jumping technique left plenty to be desired and he appeared to be in trouble when trying to get to grips with Angles Hill on the down hill run to the straight. But Moveable Asset found plenty, led at the last and was soon clear for Emmet.
Commented Willie: “We utilised the 8lbs allowance he had for never winning a race and we will go back and try and win on the flat with him now.”
Willie then completed a treble when Dani Catalonia reaped the reward of consistency in the Mares’ Bumper.
Going off a nicely supported market-leader and always travelling sweetly for Patrick Mullins, she powered into the lead off the home turn to beat newcomer, Sitcom.
“I’ve had this race in mind all summer, thinking the ground would be good”, said Mullins. “I’ll try and win a little flat race and a hurdle with her, but I’d imagine she will be going to stud next season.”
Carlow handler John Kenny, who has held a licence for nearly three years, enjoyed his first success when Miley Shah took the Waterford And Tramore Racecourse Directors’ Maiden Hurdle.
This was about as a bad as it gets, but Miley Shah edged on early on the final circuit and was always holding A New Day. “I put the young lad in the yard up and cheekpieces on, it was a poor race”, said a delighted, but realistic, Kenny.
The young lad to whom Kenny was referring was 21-year-old James Walsh. He comes from Tinahely, Co Wicklow and this was also a first for him. He has seven in the point-to-point fields to his credit.
Trainer, Davy Fitzgerald, came off the cold list when Bangonform took the Noel Cummins Bookmakers’ Handicap Hurdle.
Fitzgerald’s previous win came with The Burrow Vic at Sligo on September 30, 2010. Davy Russell did the driving, easing his charge ahead before the second last to score by 13 lengths.
“I’d forgotten how to train a winner”, said Fitzgerald. “He’s only in six weeks and I thought would need the run.”
Instant Impacked, owned by Maurice Kelleher from Riverstick, Co Cork, easily won the Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Handicap Chase.
Produced by Philip Enright to lead over the second last, the winner bounded clear to beat Fair Dilemma by six and a half lengths.
“He made a bad mistake with a circuit to go at Killarney and was lame after the race”, reported trainer, Robert Tyner.
Raggletagglegypsy, beaten out the gate at Killarney previously, streaked away with the Richard Power Private Clients’ Handicap Hurdle.
Partnered by Bryan Cooper, the six-year-old cruised to the front after three out to beat Obsession by 12 lengths. Both Raggletagglegypsy and Obsession carried the colours of owner Paul Holden from Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny.
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