13 Aug 2022

Rekindling makes a winning start for O'Brien at Leopardstown


Debuchet and Patrick Mullins on their way to winning the Listed Kevin McManus Bookmaker Pro/Am Flat Race in Limerick. Photo:Patrick McCann

Rekindling made a winning debut for Joseph O’Brien in the Group Three PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
With Wayne Lordan in the saddle, the 16/1 chance went to the front early inside the final furlong and readily held the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Douglas Macarthur and Yucatan.
O’Brien senior took both the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas trials. He landed the colts’ event with the impressive Orderofthegarter, the 5/4 favourite making all the running under Seamus Heffernan to see off his stable companion Taj Mahal, the mount of Ryan Moore.
Moore took the ride on 9/4 favourite Promise To Be True in the Group Three Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial but could only look on from sixth place as stable companion Hydrangea, a well-supported 5/1 shot, gave Padraig Beggy his first Group success when holding off another Ballydoyle inmate, Winter.
Shane Foley landed a treble on the day, sharing two winners with Michael Halford. The pair appear to have plenty to look forward too with Irishcorrespendent which made a winning start at odds of 6/1 in the 8f maiden.
It is likely that Katiymann is another that will go on to better things after his last-to-first success in the handicap over the same distance. He was returned the gambled-on 3/1 favourite while Foley was also on the mark with 16/1 chance Settle For Bay, trained by David Marnane, in the 7f handicap.
At the same generous odds, Gary Halpin partnered the Pat Martin-trained Steelyeyed to win the 10f handicap.
Stack Success
Fozzy Stack landed the biggest success of his fledgling training career when Diamond Fields won the Group Three Gladness Stakes at Naas on Sunday.
Ridden by Chris Hayes, the 9/2 chance came from last to first to deny the triple Group One winner Alice Springs and Blue De Vaga in a thriller.
Ralph Beckett and Fran Berry landed the Dr Vincent O’Brien Centenary Alleged Stakes with Air Pilot which just got up in the dying strides to pip Success Days, with last season’s Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger back in third place.
Curragh trainer James Nash recorded his first two-year-old winner when T For Tango made a winning debut at odds of 5/1 under Pat Smullen in the 5f maiden.
Smullen helped himself to a second winner when Sorelle Delle Rose, trained by Dermot Weld, took the 6f fillies’ maiden at odds of 6/5 favourite. The pair wrapped up proceedings with a win for Tocco D’amore, at a more generous price of 9/1, in the 10f maiden.
Michael O’Callaghan and Leigh Roche won the 6f handicap with 9/1 chance Rapid Applause while, at half those odds, Aared took the 10f handicap for Kevin Prendergast and Gary Halpin.
De Bromhead Double
Henry de Bromhead won the first and last races at Tramore on Sunday. The Knockeen trainer supplied Andrew Lynch with his first winner since returning from a lengthy injury when 5/6 favourite Little Folke easily took the 2m maiden hurdle and David Roche was in the saddle as 6/4 joint-favourite Classic Theatre readily prevailed in the bumper.
John Joe Walsh and Ambrose McCurtin won the 2m5f maiden hurdle with 11/4 shot Ballyegan Hero and he was the only other winning favourite at the meeting.
There was a 12/1 winner of the 2m5f handicap hurdle with success going to the David O’Brien-trained Ned’s Island and JJ Slevin.
Punters took a hit in the conditions chase. Market leaders Bellow Mome and Flaxen Flare led the way until the both unseated their riders at the second last fence leaving the way clear for 25/1 outsider Akito to win for Shay Barry and Brian O’Connell.
David Splaine enjoyed his second winner of the week when Stonehall Jack won the handicap chase at odds of 7/1 for Limerick trainer David Fitzgerald.
Philip Rothwell and Andrew Ring took the 2m handicap chase with 12/1 chance Rufino which made all the running to win.
Dundalk Treble
Jim Bolger does well with his winter horses at Dundalk and captured the headlines at the Louth venue with three winners on Friday night.
The veteran trainer teamed up with Kevin Manning to land the 8f maiden with 11/4 chance Safarr and followed up straight away when the Daniel Redmond-ridden Elusive Approach won the 8f handicap at the same odds.
The stable’s followers were rewarded at odds of 10/1 when Ringside Humour took the 12f handicap to complete the three-timer under Manning.
Trainer Fozzy Stack continues to impress in his first weeks with a licence and he won the 5f maiden with the Killian Hennessy-ridden Sirici at odds of 13/2. Stephen Mahon and Conor Hoban took the handicap over the same distance with 9/4 joint-favourite Oneoveryou.
Tom Mullins and Sean Davis combined to win the 2m handicap with 4/1 chance Repare Mon while Sharjah, trained by Andy Slattery and ridden by Declan McDonogh, won the 10f handicap at odds of 8/1.
Wexford Winners
Barry John Foley recorded the first double of his career when partnering two winners over hurdles at Wexford on Friday.
He teamed up with Cappoquin trainer Roger McGrath to land the 2m4f maiden hurdle on 3/1 favourite Miss Eyecatcher and followed up in the opening division of the 2m handicap hurdle on 11/1 shot Balinaboola, trained in Windgap by Garrett Power.
Tellthemnuttin ran out the convincing 5/1 winner of the rated novice hurdle for Wexford trainer Willie Codd and Dylan Robinson. Another Wexford winner came in the shape of Little Mitch, trained in Enniscorthy by Yvonne Latta and ridden by JJ Slevin, which took the 2m4f handicap hurdle at odds of 8/1.
Tom Foley and Roger Loughran won the 2m handicap hurdle with 14/1 shot All In The Head while the well-supported 5/2 favourite Water Sprite impressed when taking the mares’ beginners’ chase for Gordon Elliott and Denis O’Regan.
Debuchet On Top
Having just lost out to fast-finisher Fayonagh in the bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, the Mags Mullins-trained Debuchet ended his season on a high when taking the Listed Kevin McManus Champion Bumper at Limerick on Thursday.
Ridden by the trainer’s nephew Patrick Mullins, the 4/5 favourite ran out an impressive five length winner and is likely to run over hurdles when next seen.
Racing Diary
Today (Wednesday): Dundalk (first race 6pm). Easter Saturday: Cork (1.40pm). Easter Sunday: Fairyhouse (1.45pm), Cork (2pm).
Easter Monday: Cork (1.50pm), Fairyhouse (2.45pm). Tuesday: Fairyhouse (3pm). Thursday, April 20: Tipperary (5.10pm).

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