There was some competitive fare on offer at the well-attended Carrigtwohill and Pigeon Hill point-to-point fixture at Ballyvodock yesterday and the Paul Cashman-trained Arctic Destination appears to hold a particularly bright future judged by his authoritative success in the opening five-year-old geldings’ maiden.
Arctic Destination (5/2 co-favourite) always travelled supremely-well with Jamie Codd, attaining an initial success for the absent Cashman who was also on the mark with the Damian Murphy-ridden Noble Robin at yesterday’s other meeting in Nenagh, and the victorious son of Dubai Destination went for his race from the fifth last.
As the field re-appeared turning into the home straight before the second last of the 14 obstacles, it was plainly apparent that Arctic Destination was possessing all the aces and the November Boulta debut third duly defeated No More Secrets by eight lengths in the familiar colours of Cashman’s mother Catherine.
In the absence of Cashman, his representative Larry Murphy disclosed: “This is a grand horse that we were looking for nice ground for. Jamie [Codd] was very impressed with him and he will now go to the Cheltenham sales on February 18th. ”
Codd went on to record a double, the former champion then combining with long-standing supporter Trevor Horgan to collect the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden with So Sorry Sarah (9/4).
This was certainly an incident-packed contest as a loose horse cannoned into favourite Sparkling River after the sixth fence with the market leader duly unseating her partner. So Sorry Sarah, who was actually hampered by the same loose horse at the eighth fence, stylishly moved through to lead at the second last and she then eased clear for a comprehensive eight-length success over long-time leader Cloneen Dream in the silks of Tullahought-based Horgan’s near-neighbour Pat Power.
Ciaran Fennessy experienced an even better afternoon for he partnered no less than three winners, the Fermoy amateur opening his account aboard Cloneen Choice (4/1) in the confined hunt maiden.
Cloneen Choice, trained by Don Browne from Cloneen outside Carrigtwohill for his father Donal, attempted to make all. He was actually headed by Overbury Prince briefly at the final fence, but the winning seven-year-old is a teak-tough sort for he re-assumed control on the flat to oblige by three parts of a length and by doing so, he was atoning for falling two out in this same race a year ago.
Fennessy then joined forces with Noel Henley to capture the mares’ winners of two aboard Bennys Girl (11/10 – evens), who had been travelling ominously well when getting brought down three out in Killeagh two weeks previously. On this occasion, Bennys Girl endured a trouble-free passage and she mastered main market-rival Leader’s Choice over 50 yards to score by three parts of a length.
Bennys Girl’s owner Denis Tarrant from Kilfeacle wasn’t present and the triumphant daughter of Beneficial should prove well capable of sampling further success against her own sex this season.
‘Trixie’ Barry’s Sweet As A Nut (9/4 – 13/8) completed the Fennessy hat-trick by sauntering home in the closing six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden, much to the dismay of the 19 bookmakers present.
Sweet As A Nut went into the notebook as a certain future winner by finishing third on his debut in Mind Boggler’s Boulta maiden last month and he was always merely in cruise control here.
He led away from the third last on the outer and he stormed clear after the penultimate obstacle to beat Ballyhoulihan by 12 lengths. Barry, who also won a maiden with Idle Talk at this same meeting when it was staged at its previous Clyduff venue in 2004, will now aim his wife Mary Hayes’ Sweet As A Nut at a bumper.
Just two out of the four contestants completed the course in the winners of two with owner/trainer Pat Healy’s recent Templenacarriga third Ches Calls Time (4/1) getting on top for the capable Dinny Spillane from the final fence to edge out Castleowen by two lengths.
The favourite Bobbythegangster was still leading when falling three out in this race whilst Barramundi departed at the fourth last.
Water Rock Golf Course 5-Y-O Geldings’ Maiden of €1, 000. 3 Miles
1) Mrs C Cashman’s Arctic Destination
b g (Dubai Destination – Arctic Scale) 12-1 Mr J J Codd
2) D & N Syndicate’s No Secrets Here
12-1 Mr R James
3) G Aherne’s Thinking Out Loud
12-1 Mr D O’Connor
5 ran. 8L, 3L, 20L. (Winner trained by P Cashman)
O’Connell Group 5-Y-O & Upwards Mares’ Maiden of €1, 000. 3 Miles
1) P Power’s So Sorry Sarah
br m (Beneficial – Greenhall Rambler) 7-11-10 Mr J J Codd
2) M A Browne’s Cloneen Dream
9-11-10 Mr H D Dunne
3) P Buckner’s Laura’s Lark
7-11-5 Mr M C O’Donovan
11 ran. 8L, 8L, 1L. (Winner trained by Trevor Horgan)
Jerry McCarthy, Carrigtwohill and Business Centre Winners Of Two of €1,000. 3 Miles
1) P J Healy’s Ches Calls Time
ch g (Salford Express – Tropical Times) 11-12-1 Mr D M Spillane
2) Mrs N O’Keeffe’s Castleowen
10-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
4 ran. 2L. Only 2 Horses Finished. (Winner trained by P J Healy)
Brown Island Stables 5-Y-O & Upwards Confined Hunt Maiden of €1, 000. 3 Miles
1) D Browne’s Cloneen Choice
b g (Milan – Cloneen Princess) 7-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
2) T Ahern/T Considine/M D O’Sullivan’s Overbury Prince
9-12-1 Mr P D Collins
3) Ms A Cashman & J Barrett’s Upham
7-12-1 Mr R Deegan
7 ran. 3/4L, 20L, 12L. (Winner trained by Don Browne)
Midleton Park Hotel & Jack Spratts Bar, Carrigtwohill Mares’ Winners Of Two of € 1,000. 3 Miles
1) D Tarrant’s Bennys Girl
b m (Beneficial – Be My Flower) 8-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
2) Mrs G Murphy’s Leader’s Choice
6-12-1 Mr J J Codd
3) T O’Connor’s Camille Montes
8-11-10 Mr T O’Connor
5 ran. 3/4L, 15L, 6L. (Winner trained by Noel Henley)
G E Healthcare & Guilders Bar 6-Y-O & Upwards Geldings’ Maiden of 1,000. 3 Miles
1) Ms M M Hayes’ Sweet As A Nut
b g (Vinnie Roe – Sarahall) 6-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
2) D O’Keeffe’s Ballyhoulihan
8-12-1 Mr R O Harding
3) S Curling’s Manwell
6-12-1 Mr D O’Connor
9 ran. 12L, 1/2L, 15L. (Winner trained by Michael Barry)
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