REIGNING National and Southern Champion jockey Jack Kennedy from Mona Cappa in Dingle made the perfect start to season 2013 with an impressive treble at Ballyheigue on New Years Day with wins on Rock Hopper, Farmer Boyce and Darbys Garden.
Kennedy took the featured Ballyheigue Derby for his near neighbour David Granville on Rock Hopper who drew clear from half way to easily beat Neon Tiger with Swagger Jagger for the Moriarty family from Killorglin back in third. This was an incredible fourth consecutive win in the race for Rock Hopper who has now won it twice under Megan Carberry and twice for Jack Kennedy. The winner will now head to the Midlands circuit in mid April before the Southern circuit resumes in Newmarket on 12 May next.
Kennedy struck up a highly successful partnership last term with Aileen Dalys Newmarket stable and they returned with a fine double courtesy of Farmer Boyce and the big grey horse Darbys Garden. Farmer Boyce successful for the Dingle jockey at Ballabuihe and Broadford last season put up an impressive performance to claim the 14.2 contest when sluicing home from Crystal Lady.
Darbys Garden a dual Dingle winner in 2012 easily made a winning reappearance in the first split of the ten furlong contest to go clear up the straight when beating Grey Shango. Both horses are owned by the three County Syndicate from Newmarket Co Cork and Castleisland Co Kerry.
Denis Linehan from Glantane Mallow is another big name for the future and he was on the mark with a double on Miss Wonderful and Close Encounter.
Miss Wonderful owned by John Rayel from Dingle made most to win the 15 hands contest in impressive style from another Kennedy Daly runner English Bill in second. Close Encounter followed up last seasons win in Ballyheigue to take the Maiden contest this time for the McGillycuddy family from Dooks in Glenbeigh.
Adrian Brown from Letterkenny Co Donegal really enjoys his forays down South to Newmarket and Glenbeigh and he made his first long trip to Ballyheigue a winning one when Wagon Wheel sluiced home in the second division of the mile and a quarter horse race under Sean Corby who is based with Mick Halford on the Curragh.
The Sheehy brothers are accomplished under age hurlers in Graiguenamannagh and they are talented jockeys too as they showed with a winner apiece for Pat Collins. Another Tiger resumed the winning thread when winning the opening 12.2 pony race from Here Comes The Pain and Tail To Tail under Danny Sheehy while his brother Mikey rode Another Nun to an easy triumph in the 13.2 pony contest.
The Southern circuit will resume in Newmarket on May 12 next with Measuring expected to take place later than usual during the month of April in Castleisland Mart.