RATHANNY, Tralee jockey Sean McDermott produced an excellent riding performance at Bellewstown Races on Friday evening last where he won the two mile one furlong handicap hurdle on 25/1 chance Money Spider for Callan, Co Kilkenny trainer John O'Shea.
The winner, which paid a whopping 40/1 on the tote, was given a brilliant patient drive by Sean. He began to make eyecatching progress in eighth before three out. He progressed into third at the next and, under a really powerful drive from the saddle in the final 100 yards, stayed on best close home to win by one and a half lengths from Boxer Beat.
WEXFORD WIN FOR KENNEDY
DINGLE jockey Pat Kennedy was on the mark at Wexford races on Friday evening last on 11/2 chance Playtime Ben in division 2 of the beginners chase for Akeation, Co Limerick trainer Davy Fitzgerald.
Prominent in touch he travelled well in five at halfway making smooth progress to join the leaders four out. He went to the front shortly afterwards and shot twelve lengths clear two out. Although his advantage was been eroded before the last, he stayed on really well to win by two lengths from Stonemaster.
KEMPTON WIN FOR MURPHY
KILLARNEY apprentice jockey Oisin Murphy continued to impress in England.
The latest Irish sensation to the English apprentice ranks gained another top trainer Henry Candy to his steadily growing admiration list at Kempton races on Wednesday last where he scored on Ziggys Stardust in the six furlong handicap. Making all the running he went clear over a furlong from home and, in a delightful hands and heels drive, won comfortably by one and a quarter lengths from Fenella Fudge.
Trainer Candy was suitably impressed saying: "When he came into the paddock to meet me he had already watched the videos of the stable runner in the race and knew everything about the horses form. He is Jim Culloty's nephew and he is absolutely made for it. He will go far."
Oisin said: "I have my own Racing Post website members account and I make the most of it. I am able to watch my previous rides on it and it also gives me the form and pedigree information that I want."
This is a young jockey going places.