Kathleen has a night to savour
IT WAS a great night on Tuesday last at Harold's Cross for owner Kathleen Stamp (Glenbrien) when she recorded a fine treble.
Kathleen is one of our senior enthusiasts of the game and showed us all how it is done. Her charges have been in good form all summer but last week was a bit special, winning races nine, ten and eleven as she barely had time to draw breath.
'Glenbrien Spirit' ('Makeshift-Calling Molly') got things going when recording his second win from four outings, challenging down the back to go on at the third bend and drawing away to score by one and a half lengths in 29.56 in this A4 race.
Then 'Sunset Class' ('Saint Luke-Loyal Beauty') recorded his seventh race success when leading down the back and holding on well to score by half a length in race ten, an A5. Then 'Glenbrien Sparky' ('Kinloch Brea-Barnane Breeze') completed the hat-trick in style when going to the front off the second bend before pulling right away to score by six and a half lengths in 29.30. Kathleen is an inspiration to all in our game.
Owner Patrick Kinsella also got in on the act as his 'Croghan Jo Jo' ('Duke Special-Croghan Dixie') took race four, an A7, when putting in a well-timed effort between the third and fourth bends to get home in front by half a length in 29.75.
Winning continued on Wednesday night at Shelbourne Park when the Richard Walsh Snr.-owned 'Bamboo' ('Westmead Joe-Mt Leinster Kate') scored in the Novice 750 when coming through the field to record a nice one and a half lengths win from fellow Wexford runner 'Almost Popping' by one and a half lengths in a time of 43.31.
It was certainly ladies' week as race eight saw the Eilish McCann (Gorey)-owned 'Ballinclare Vera' ('Ace Hi Rumble-Ballinclare Dime') scored a facile victory in race eight, an A3, when she led at the first to draw right away to score by six and a half lengths, making this her fourth straight win which is no mean feat indeed.
Trainer Nick Turner was the only Wexford success on Friday night at waterford in heat four of the first round of the A5 Stake. 'Outchaboya' ('Rumble Impact-Rocky Bay Kim') scored a clearcut five and a half lengths win in a good time of 29.02 for owner Eoghan Ruttledge.
Turner went on to record another good win on Saturday night when 'Coco Darling' ('Royal Impact-Coconikita') owned by Mary Flynn made no mistake after a narrow defeat the previous week when racing to a clear two and a half length win from other Wexford runners, 'Wilmount Earl' and 'Bamboo', in a good 28.99.
Wexford owner Daniel Frayne was also on the mark when taking the third race in good style with his charge 'Southest Ryhano' ('Hondo Black-Droopys Bid'), leading and holding on well to enjoy his first win with this fellow from only four starts. The time was a useful 29.17.
Enniscorthy owner Dermot Flynn is having good sport with his 'Tag Along Gerry' ('Royal Impact-Tag Along Ivy'), and he came through the field in race four to record his eleventh race win by two and a half lengths in 29.11.
The big news this week is on Thursday night the 2013 Irish Derby gets under way. Can 'Skywalker Puma' defend his crown he won in such great style last year, or will 'Ballymac Vic' finally get his classic win, or will a new star burst on the scene?