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Sunday 21 September 2014

'Raise the Beat' out for the year

Published 20/08/2013 | 05:42

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KILLENAGH-BASED trainer Colm Murphy has confirmed that injured tendons will keep the Winning Ways Enigma Syndicate-owned 'Raise the Beat' out off the racetrack for the next year.

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KILLENAGH-BASED trainer Colm Murphy has confirmed that injured tendons will keep the Winning Ways Enigma Syndicate-owned 'Raise the Beat' out off the racetrack for the next year.

The highly thought of eight-year-old was last seen competitively when fifth to 'Indevan' at Punchestown on May 29. Prior to that he had been successful at Dundalk in mid-March, which came in the aftermath of a runner-up effort to the Willie Mullins-trained 'Pique Sous' (who holds at entry at Bettyville on Friday), also at Dundalk in February.

'Raise the Beat' had a bright start to this season's campaign and Murphy is hoping to take time to get him right before eyeing a return to action in 2014.

Murphy was active at the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale last week where he forked out €13,500 for a son of 'Vinnie Roe' from the famed Cork nursery of Ballincurrig House Stud. The new acquisition is out of a daughter of 'Anshan' who hails from the family of the Aintree Grand National runner-up 'Romany King'. He also purchased a son of 'Fruits of Love' from Woodbrook Stud for €13,000 for the aforementioned Winning Ways Enigma Syndicate.

Lar Byrne reports that the decision to try blinkers on 'Key Account' at Tramore on Saturday didn't work out as planned, but that the horse returned out of the race well. 'Blinkers work on some horses but they didn't for him,' said the Clonroche-based handler. 'We'll leave off the gear the next day. Two miles also appears to be too short for him, and he'll hopefully go over further within a week to ten days.'

Owner Larry O'Connor hopes for a mid-October return for his John Clifford-trained 'Sumkindasuprstar' who has picked up a virus that sees him ruled out of a crack at the Kerry National in Listowel in September.

Two Wexford trainers, Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien, are heading for York tomorrow (Wednesday) as Irish Derby hero 'Trading Leather' (7/1 with Paddy Power) and 'Declaration of War' (12/1) take on mighty pair 'Al Kazeem' and 'Dawn Approach's recent victor, 'Toronado', in the Juddmonte International. Paddy Power makes 'Al Kazeem' their 11-10 favourite with 'Toronado' next best at 7-4. The ground at York was changed on Monday morning to good, good to firm places (from good) and a dry week is forecast.

This Friday night sees the last of the Flat summer meetings at Wexford Racecourse with Tony Martin's Galway Festival hero 'Blackmail' one of the exciting horses expected to be on view, still holding an entry as of Monday lunchtime. With 228 entries still vying for places at the start of the week, the evening's racing is scheduled to kick off at 4.45 p.m.

However, due to the volume of entries there is every possibility that one of the handicaps could be split, which would result in an eight-race card. There will also be bouncy castles and children's entertainment. Please see the track's new website (www.wexfordraces.ie) for further updates. You can also follow proceedings at Bettyville on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have any horse racing news that you would like included in this column please e-mail shea.tomkins@peoplenews.ie

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