Racing re-fixed for December 5
THE ELEMENTS took its toll last week on racing, with the Tuesday meeting scheduled at Wexford being abandoned due to the track being untraceable.
However, the good news is that all is not lost as the plans are to try to race again on Wednesday, December 5, giving us just eight days from today (Tuesday) for the track to dry out. Given the water that fell at the weekend, it will need a dry spell to guarantee racing on the day.
REVIEW OF THE WEEK
Sue Bramall has over the years had links with County Wexford and, following her transfer from Britain to Ireland and then to France, she has popped up again based in north Wexford just outside of Gorey. Well known for her handling of 'Antonin', a brave front-running chaser of the 1990s, Bramall saddled her first Irish winner for some time when 'Snooze' won a beginners' chase on November 18. Ridden by Ian McCarthy, the six-year-old son of 'Sleeping Car' led all the way to win at 25/1.
Having run at Wexford over the Bank Holiday weekend, the heavy ground at Cork was more to his liking. Owned, bred and trained by the Bramalls, this former winner in France might keep them busy over the winter.
'Defy Logic', trained by Paul Nolan, was an impressive winner of the bumper at Fairyhouse on November 21 at 6/4 under Alan Berry. In the colours of J.P. McManus and ridden by Jonjo O'Neill's 3 lb. claiming amateur, this son of 'Flemensfirth' is one for the notebook.
With Willie Mullins winning all around him, Larry Byrne did well to get in on the act when winning with 'Misca Musca' at Navan on Sunday. Ridden by John Cullen, the four-year-old son of 'Westener' did well to win at 10/1 in the colours of R. Dooley.
BETWEEN THE FLAGS
Barry O'Neill's win on board ' Western Warhorse' at Dungarvan on November 18 saw the Ballindaggin man move into third place in the national jockeys' championship, behind Messrs Codd and O'Connor. Riding the four-year-old 'Westener' gelding for Colin Bowe and the Kavanagh family from Gorey, this was a highly-impressive debut according to reports, with the horse likely to be heard of again into the future.
Racing at a local level returns to the county on December 9 with the Island Hunt point-to-point at Ballydarragh. This meeting has a 12 noon start and, despite the heavy rain endured over the past weeks, the track should still be very raceable. The open lightweight will be the highlight, backed up by a winners' contest and supported by four maiden races.
The Annual General Meeting of the Wexford Racecourse Supporters' Club will be held in The Ivy Rooms at the racecourse on Friday next, November 30, at 8 p.m. The Supporters' Club provides an important source of funding for the racecourse and this can only be continued from a strong membership base.
With entry to eleven race days at the track promised for 2013, access to member facilities each day and some reciprocal race day entry with other tracks nationally, membership provides more than a few benefits. All are welcome on the night which will also double up as a social evening, so do try to make it!
The Amber Springs Hotel hosted the 2012 HSI Breeders Awards recently in addition to staging the Goresbridge Going for Gold auction in conjunction with Barnadown Equestrian Centre.
The late Michael Roche of Foulksmills won the award for the Top Irish Sport Horse Showing Mare, while the auction results were reported as 'glittering'. With 1,000 people in attendance on the night of the auction, this truly international event is a great asset to have in Wexford and utilises the jumping facilities and accommodation in the area.