GOWRAN PARK STAGED SUCCESSFUL TWO DAY MEETING - Last week, Gowran Park staged a two day meeting on Monday and Tuesday which was a major success.
An all flat meeting went ahead last Monday week, and that was brought forward a day earlier to accommodate the re-arranged Hurlers Race Day meeting which was cancelled on Saturday, March 23 due to a waterlogged track.
Jim Bolger has made a scintillating start to the flat season and he continued his superb run with a treble.
Bolger and son-in-law Kevin Manning took the opening two races as Rapid Approach got the better of a photo-finish verdict to win the opening 3-year-old maiden, while half an hour later, Morning with Ivan stayed on strongly to win the Follow Gowran Park on Facebook Handicap.
The treble was completed in another 3-year-old maiden over a mile and a half, when Rory Cleary partnered 16/1 newcomer We’ll go Walking to run out an emphatic 4 length winner.
Tom Foley enjoyed success with a 14/1 shot, as the 11-year-old trained Killena Boy pulled out all the stops under Seamie Heffernan to land the Kilkenny Handicap from the Jim Bolger trained Quill and Vellum.
Stuccador from the Dermot Weld stable got up right on the finishing line to land the €10,000 Bennetsbridge Rated Race
Bagenalstown trainer Pat Hughes landed the Goresbridge Handicap when 8/1 shot Speed Dial stormed home on the wide outside to snatch victory, while the concluding Thomastown Maiden was won by 14/1 shot Curley Bill trained by Noel Meade.
Hurlers Race Day - The re-arranged Hurlers Race Day last Tuesday week drew a massive crowd, with 7 of the 8 races named after a Kilkenny hurler, while the first race was named after Kilkenny Senior hurler Brian Cody.
The Liam McCarthy Cup was amongst the attendees, as there was also a best dressed lady competition along with live music and a stand-up comedian.
As for the racing itself, it was another highly profitable meeting for Willie Mullins who enjoyed a treble.
Midnight Oil defied his odds-on status in the hands of Davy Russell to safely land the Brian Cody and Aidan O’Brien Novice Hurdle.
The double was completed with Russell again on board as Toostrong lived up to his name, when the 11/2 shot ran out a 4 length winner of the Eoin Larkin and Sports Injury Clinic Beginners Steeplechase.
The hat-trick was completed in the concluding bumper named after Jackie Tyrell, as Patrick Mullins produced a barnstorming ride to get Indevan up in the dying strides and make amends for his photo finish defeat in Gowran on March 9th.
Elsewhere, Mooncoin trainer Eoin Doyle was victorious, when the Barry Geraghty ridden Bell Weir defied odds-on to run out a 3 and a half length winner of the JJ Delaney and Kilkenny Vitners Maiden Hurdle.
David Casey rode LastofthePilots to a very impressive 8 length success in the Tommy Walsh and Netwatch Maiden Hurdle, while outstanding young jockey Brian Cooper continued his rich vein of form when Gold Bullet landed the Henry Shefflin and Ashgrove Stables Handicap Hurdle.
Don’t Tell De Purty came out on top in a close finish in the Noel Hickey and Highway Safety Handicap Steeplechase, while the first division of the Jackie Tyrell and Glanbia Flat Race went the way of the Robbie McNamara ridden newcomer Ebazziyr who got up late close up to deny the Patrick Mullins ridden Afatcat.
Two highly successful days in Gowran Park last week, and attention now turns to the next race meeting on Sunday, April 28 where the featured event will be the Victor McCalmot Listed Stakes.
YOUNG IRELANDS GAA CLUB LOTTO - Last weeks Lotto numbers drawn were 8, 19, 20 and 22. The Jackpot wasn’t won and the five €35 winners were Declan Davis, Marty Kelly, Martina Sheehy, Mariana Duvosa and Mary Glendon.
This week’s Jackpot is worth €9,150.