Friday 18 October 2019

Russell's Gold Cup britches on offer

Russell's Gold Cup britches up for grab

IF YOU fancy getting your hands on Davy Russell's signed britches that he wore when riding 'Lord Windermere' to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory, then don't miss the upcoming race meeting at Bettyville on Friday night, July 25.

Organised by former jockey Lillian Doyle in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, the auction/raffle on the night will also include a signed photo of Aidan O'Brien's three-in-a-row winning Derby horses, signed boxing gloves from Katie Taylor and Adam Nolan, a signed Irish soccer jersey and various vouchers from local businesses.

There is a race named in honour of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland on the night and the event will be attended by Irish and Wexford sports stars.

Following the last race the games will begin with a gallop to The Ivy Bar for music, munchies and 'murder on the dancefloor'. Music will be provided by local musicians The Wild Turkeys, Eddie Black, Pádraig Byrne and David O'Connor.

Tickets are still available for this event. You can check out their Facebook page for further information or contact Lillian Doyle on 087-2568997, Maree Redmond on 086-3619508 or Tracey Jennings on 087-6629916.

The powerhouse that is Ballydoyle took centre stage on Sunday's card at Fairyhouse, with Aidan and Joseph O'Brien teaming up to complete a double that included the featured Listed Belgrave Stakes with 'Darwin' (2/1).

The O'Briens had an even closer call in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders' Fund Maiden earlier on the card, with their 1/5 favourite 'Cape Clear Island' only just holding on by a nose.

John Gosden's brilliant mare 'The Fugue' has run her last race due to injury. The five-year-old broke the track record in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot only last month, beating last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner 'Magician' and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine 'Treve' in the process.

Leading owner Barry Connell is looking forward to seeing The Tullow Tank embark on a career over fences later this year following the dual Grade 1-winning novice hurdler's switch from Philip Fenton to Dessie Hughes.

'Vintage Crop', the first European-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup and one of the most popular Irish-trained racehorses of all time, died on Monday morning at the Irish National Stud. He was 27.

Owned by Dr. Michael Smurfit, 'Vintage Crop' enjoyed a glittering career in the care of Dermot Weld.

He was the winner of 16 races and a total of €1.3m in prize-money. His biggest wins in Ireland came in the Irish St. Leger, which he won in 1993 and 1994.

He won five races at The Curragh in all and is commemorated there by a life-sized bronze statue which overlooks the parade ring.

He will be best remembered for his exploits in Australia and his stunning success in the Melbourne Cup in November 1993 under Michael Kinane.

'Vintage Crop' lived out his retirement as part of the Living Legends attraction at the Irish National Stud, alongside equine greats 'Beef Or Salmon', 'Kicking King' and 'Moscow Flyer'.

Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Killarney, Tuesday, July 15 (first race 6 p.m.); Killarney, Wednesday, July 16 (first race 5.40 p.m.); Killarney, Thursday, July 17 (first race 2.10 p.m.); Leopardstown, Thursday, July 17 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Kilbeggan, Friday, July 18 (first race 5.55 p.m.); The Curragh, Saturday, July 19 (first race 3 p.m.); Tipperary, Sunday, July 20 (first race 2.35 p.m.); The Curragh, Sunday, July 20 (first race 2.15 p.m.).

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