ANOTHER BUSY week saw three good winners at Waterford on Friday night which was a good return for Co. Wexford runners.
Things got off to a flying start in race one when 'Vintage Kewell' ('Droopys Maldini-Rathdaniel Judy'), owned by former Wexford hurler Oliver ' Hopper' McGrath (Castlebridge) won. Trap two runner 'Izzy Pippen' led up but 'Vintage' was soon on terms and moved to the front down the back, running on strongly to hold the persistent effort of 'Izzy' by a length in 29.46. This was her eighth win and the drop in grade was to her advantage to give her this confidenceboosting return to form.
The feature race of the night, the Rail to Rail Boutique New Ross Stake dual distance final (525/550), saw the James Flynn (Enniscorthy)-owned 'Rathbally Pat' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Bettyshill Lady') also record his eighth win in a cracking race. 'Rathbally' got up right on the line to get the verdict by a short head from 'Leci Larkin' in 30.90 (550 yards). 'Rathbally' has a very nice card with eight wins, ten seconds and four thirds from 27 runs, and he collected a nice €700 for this win.
The eighth race, an A5, went to the Nick Turnerowned and trained ' Miss Camelot' ('Royal ImpactCoco Nikita'). She recorded her fourth win when, after a slow start, she came through to score in an easy victory by five lengths in 29.48.
There were winners at three different tracks on Saturday night. At Shelbourne Park the Vincent Morristrained 'Ashfield Impact' scored another excellent win when taking the open 525 in a fast 28.32. Owner Kitty Goldsmith is having a great time with this dog. Although he did not break as well as he can, he showed that excellent early pace to get him to the front at the second bend, and he raced to a clearcut win. This son of 'Ballymac Maeve-Minglers Impact' is going to be a hard nut to crack over this trip, and his supporters are giving the bookies a hard time of late.
Ferns trainer Brendan Murphy produced ' Jayos Pride' to take the opening race, an A2, at Newbridge by an easy five lengths. After leading 'Jayos' drew away from his field to score in a good 29.15, with 'Thirsty Murt' getting second to make it a Co. Wexford one-two. The owners, the Rag and Bone syndicate, were enjoying their fourth win with this son of 'Kinloch Brae-Lilywhite Blue'.
There was also a win for the Seán McCann (Enniscorthy)-trained 'Boundforthestars' at Harold's Cross when he led all the way to score in a useful 30.46 (550). The drop in grade from A2 to A3 helped the son of 'Headbound-Veras Jewel' to record his fourth win.
Last Wednesday night at Shelbourne saw a great battle between two Wexford runners. The Derek Wilde-owned 'Carrigoe Jimmy' ('Nobooth For GaryMarys Moment') led but was chased down by 'Piercestown Buzz' who joined with him at the third bend before a great battle up the straight. 'Carrigoe' pulled out enough to get the verdict in 29.10 and was scoring for the fifth time from 13 starts.
The Piercestown kennel of Ronnie Shinkwin and 'Shanks' Whelan had a very good week despite that narrow loss, scoring three wins on Monday night at Enniscorthy. ' Piercestown Lucy' ('Westmead HawkPiercestown Pet') was first up to score in 29.26 for owner Thomas Coleman (Piercestown).
Next 'Piercestown Bolt' ('Hondo Black-Tyford Jane') scored in 29.86 for owner Pádraig Cosgrave (The Faythe, Wexford), and then 'Piercestown Mail' ('Westmead Hawk-Piercestown Pet), owned by Ronnie and 'Shanks', scored in 29.41, all in the Unraced Stakes.
Then on Thursday night last ' Piercestown Liam' ('Royal Impact-Great Plan'), owned by Sharon Shinkwin, scored an easy win in a good 29.05.