Magnificent treble for Tarbert tyro Patrick O'Connor
IT comes so easy to Tarbert trainer, Patrick O'Connor, doesn't it?
There is no other conclusion to be drawn from all the winners he supplies at Tralee track, though, needless to say, huge work goes on behind the scenes to make it all come to fruition.
Last Saturday night, Patrick won the first two races at the Oakview and he followed up by also winning the seventh race, to make it a terrific treble.
The first two winners, Slipalong Joy and Razor Venture, were running in the ownership of Master Eric O'Connor, while the third winner, Ballinorig Gold, was running for three members of a very prominent Tralee doggy family, namely Geraldine, Noreen and Wayne Enright.
Slipalong Joy was the easiest of winners, by six lengths from his main market rival, Ballymac Legend, in 29.39; Razor Venture also enjoyed fairly clear superiority over the sprint distance in racing to a two-length victory over Neas Choice in 18.04, while Ballinorig Gold was another six-length winner (over Millridge Black) in 28.99.
In the case of Ballinorig Gold, he certainly demonstrated his true potential in gaining a first victory in four starts and brraking 29secs in the process, but the star of the show last Saturday night was the Maurice O'Connor-trained Black Warrior, which stopped the clock at 28.68 and recorded his eleventh victory from nineteen starts.
Ideally drawn in trap 1, Black Warrior was a narrow leader off the first bend from a foe well worthy of his mettle, Lassa Expedition, and he held the advantage all the way to the line where he had a length to spare from the Tralee dog.
Earlier in the night, Gallerus Saoirse (29.60) won at odds of 3/1 for Ballydavid trainer, Michael Baker, and she paid a remarkable 30/1 on the tote.
Other winners: Lasso Expresso, 29.09; Spa Star, 29.47; Skybound Hawk, 18.37; Carrowkeal Zak, 31.41; Pennylane Lace, 31.72.