The Raymond Hurley-trained 2006 Cheltenham Foxhunter winner Whyso Mayo went down fighting on what was his final career race at yesterday’s Carbery Foxhounds Clonakilty point-to-point meeting on the picturesque Inchydoney Island when beaten two and a half lengths into second spot by Kaitlin’s Fancy in a vintage renewal of the open lightweight.
Whyso Mayo, reunited with his Cheltenham festival winning partner Damian Murphy, eased into a clear advantage from four out, but he was challenged by Kaitlin’s Fancy (3/1) from the third last. Sean Aherne’s grey edged ahead on the run to the last and she drew clear on the flat to dismiss the gallant Whyso Mayo and by doing so, the 11-year-old mare was providing rider Derek O’Connor with the concluding leg of a three-timer.
“We’ll keep tipping away with her and we will probably go to Kinsale next Sunday for the four-miler whilst she could also go to Cartmel for a three mile six furlong handicap chase over the summer,” said trainer Aherne of the Donal Barry-owned Kaitlin’s Fancy.
O’Connor got off the mark for the afternoon aboard Sam Curling’s newcomer Phar Away Island (4/1) in the opening four-year-old maiden.
Phar Away Island, whom Curling shares with British-based professional jockey Mark Grant, always travelled with purpose and the winning son of Heron Island stormed into the lead before the final fence to beat Pure Style by two lengths. Phar Away Island will now be offered at Doncaster’s spring sale this coming Tuesday afternoon.
The Galwegian’s remaining success came aboard the Robert Tyner-trained Fiddlers Bid (6/4) in the second division of the five and six-year-old geldings’ maiden.
The British-bred Fiddlers Bid, representing Tyner’s long-standing patron Noel Hanley, had just moved through to challenge the frontrunning Lucky Call when Martin Hickey’s mount came to grief three out and the recent Dawstown third duly beat A Hill To Climb by three parts of a length.
It certainly was a memorable afternoon for 18-year-old David Rice from Aghadda for he was credited with his initial training success when Walter Blue (12/1), whom he also owns in partnership with his father Eugene Rice and JJ Harty, won the closing seven-year-old and upwards maiden. Walter Blue was engaged in a ding-dong tussle with the mare The Bishop’s Day from three out until asserting in the closing stages to oblige by a half-length in what was the closest finish of the afternoon.
Another to get off the mark as a handler was Vincent Carroll from Kilmacomma outside Clonmel courtesy of the Ciaran Fennessy-ridden Blamethepostman (11/2) in the competitive first division of the five and six-year-old geldings’ maiden.
Blamethepostman recorded a virtual pillar-to-post success, however the 2010 Fairyhouse August sale graduate had his task greatly simplified when the challenging Court Action fell at the final fence. Blamethepostman is now likely to be offered at some of the sales in Britain over the coming months.
Ballincollig amateur Con McSweeney forfeited his five lb claiming allowance following his success aboard Eoghan O’Grady’s Cork Twenty Ten (8/1) in the winners of one. Cork Twenty Ten, a Dromahane maiden winner in October, made most of the running and the six-year-old kept pulling out more from two out to deny Castlecooke Andy by one and a half lengths in the colours of O’Grady’s father Arthur.
Ex-track performer Theboyschoice (8/1), trained by Nenagh-based Pat Coffey for a Co Tipperary syndicate headed by his cousin Gerard Fogarty, mastered favourite Shinrock Pearl from the second last to triumph under Jamie Codd in the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden.
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