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Runners at Navan and Wexford – Saturday 5th September

We have a busy day in store on Saturday with two runners at Navan and one at Wexford.
Epanella runs in the 1:50 at Navan. She’s a nice filly and I would expect her to come on from her debut run and she should go on the ground. Niall McCullagh is booked to ride.
Robin Des Sheikh runs in the 5:40 with Luke McAteer claiming seven. He ran a cracker at Dundalk last time out and we are hoping for another good run but the ground may be the biggest concern. Hopefully the rain stays away.
Railway Muice will hopefully get into the 5:00 at Wexford. We have top conditional Conor McNamara booked to ride. Conor is having a terrific run of things at the moment and we are hoping for a big run if we get into the race.
I was looking to get a few new horses at the sales the last few weeks but we just missed out on a few that I really would have liked to have secured. I will go back to the drawing board and keep looking but it’s a bit harder now that the yearling sales have moved to England due to Covid19.
Have a good day.

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Two runners at Dundalk

We head to Dundalk today with two runners.
Epanella runs in the Fillies Maiden with Nathan Crosse on board. She is a horse I like but she is rushed a bit for this race and will hopefully come on a lot from the run and won’t mind a cut in the ground so is one for the future.
Robin Des Sheikh runs in the Apprentice Maiden at 3:40 with Luke McAteer on board. He’s a horse that I really like but I’m not sure if seven furlongs will suit him, He will be doing his best work at the end and hopefully might nick a place. If he likes the surface, I will give him a break and bring him back for a winter campaign at Dundalk.
I was very happy with my runners at Leopardstown on Thursday. I thought Buachaill Or was going to do it for a minute and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later. He would be a great horse for some of the tighter tracks in the UK. I’d bring a load over to race in the morning if I could.
Have a good day.

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Two Runners at Leopardstown

We saddle two runners at Leopardstown today.
Aqua Flyer runs in the opener with Billy Lee booked to ride. I was disappointed with her run at Limerick on debut and although today’s race is a lot hotter, hopefully she can perform better today. I’m delighted to avail of Billy’s services as he is having a great season.
Buachaill Or runs in the three year old handicap with Ronan Whelan booked. He pulled a muscle on his last run. He has had no luck with draws and despite the wide draw, I’d be hoping for a good run. He’s working really well at home.
Well done to Seamie Heffernan for speaking out about his four day ban that he received at Gowran Park on Wednesday. I feel sorry for the stewards with all the pressure that the media puts on them and they are in a really tough position. As a former jockey, having spent time in the weigh room and ridden in races, all the jockeys look out for each other and feel obliterated to ride horses to instructions. If you have to nudge your way out on a hold up horse when clearly going the best, I think when done without absolute barging your way out, it should be allowed. Otherwise jockeys are going to stop riding the races that they need to on horses they need to hold up and creep into especially if the races are slowly run.

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Any chance we can put a roof over Roscommon.

Mk Drama was our only runner at Galway and we were disappointed with her display. She ran very poorly and we will give her a break for a while now and bring her back for the end of the flat season.

We had two runners at our local track, Kilbeggan on Saturday. Tommy thought that the ground and track did not suit Mick Mixy and I will have to place him better next time. Eoin Kelly who works for us had his first ride aboard Ballinruddy. He done very well and both horse and jockey came back safe.

Eoin will have his second ride in Cork on Sunday aboard Mashell and providing that the ground isn’t too soft and he does what he is told, he might ride his first winner.

I also run Durrow Dancer and Doonbeg Glory in the Mares Handicap Hurdle. Durrow Dancer is owned by Gerry Blake and she is running in her first handicap with Luke Dempsey booked to ride. If she is fit enough she could run a big race although good ground would suit her much better.

I’d be worried that the trip might be too far for Doonbeg Glory. Denis will take his time with her and hope that she can finish well.

I have two runners at Roscommon on Monday and hopefully the rain will stay away.

Chasing Abbey loves it around Roscommon and he steps up in trip to three miles in the 3:20. Railway Muice who is nicknamed the pig in the yard also steps up to three miles and runs in the handicap chase at 4:50. Luke Dempsey is booked for both rides and both horses are in great form.

Railway Muice might cope better with the softer ground but let’s hope that the sun comes out. I think the step up in trip will suit both horses.

Well done to everyone who had winners at the Galway. Despite no crowds, it’s still a great place to have a winner and we would love to have another Moondice or Drunken Sailor. You’d never know – we might get one soon.

Stay Safe and let’s hope Monday is a dry day.

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A very busy week hoping to end on a high


We have had a very busy week with runners across the country and it all started at Tipperary last Sunday with the pig running a great race to finish second.
We had no joy at Ballinrobe on Monday with Mk Drama. The ground turned out to be too quick and he had a horrible draw. He still ran ok but will hopefully go to Galway next week and the good news for him is that rain is promised so it should suit him a lot better.
Mick Mixy ran no race on Monday but surprised us all at Limerick on Thursday evening when finishing second under a fine ride from Tommy who was very busy combining riding with tacking up and driving the lorry. Well done Tommy, your winner won’t be far away.
Mashell ran a good race at Ballinrobe on Wednesday and a step forward with the check pieces on seemed to have helped with her finishing third. Doonbeg Glory pulled up and hated the ground and I will now drop her back in trip for her next run.
Subset, Power Drive and Ballinruddy all ran bad and I’m not sure why. A lot of horses seemed to pull up at Limerick on Thursday so we are putting it down to the ground.
Clever Currency was having his first run for us at Leopardstown and jumped the road after a furlong and got rid of his pilot, Danny Sheehy. He had been working well at home so I was a bit disappointed not to see how he would have run. However Danny was fine and that was the main thing.
I fire my last two bullets for the week on Saturday which are hopefully my best two and maybe we can finish off the busy week with a bang.
I really like my three year old, Robin Des Sheikh in the 4:15 at Gowran Park. I feel that he has improved from his first run and it would be disappointing if he could not run a really good race. Robbie Colgan does the steering again.
Roachdale House runs in the 4:10 at Tramore over fences. I have spent the week convincing his owner, Aidan Gallagher that it’s the right move. Aidan is a Galway man and he really wanted to try and win the race that he was second in last year at the festival next week. Looking at the race in Tramore, I think that as long as there is not too much rain, I hope that we would have a bit more speed than the paper favourite Bective Cave, even though he does look well handicapped on his hurdle form. I’m hoping that Bective Cave is just a better hurdler as he could only finish second over fences two runs ago at Clonmel when sent off the 11/10 favourite. However the horse that beat him, Everlastingpromise is now rated 126 so that is a bit worrying if taken at face value. I’m putting my neck on the line and hoping that Roachdale House can gain compensation from his narrow Roscommon defeat and get me off the hook with his owner.

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Well Done Ger and Ken – Tipperary Sunday 19th July

It was great to see Ger and Colin win the Irish Oaks with a very smart filly. She won very well and it will be interesting to follow her progress for the rest of the season.
I was also delighted for Ken Condon having a Group 2 double. His two year old, Laws Of Indices was a cheap purchase and only cost €8,000. He looks like he will stay further. It would be no surprise if he had another Classic winner in his hands.
Well done to all.
I head off to Tipperary today with one runner. Railway Muice runs in the 4:05 – Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Handicap Steeplechase. He is in fantastic form at home but is a pig at the racecourse. With a clear round of jumping, it wouldn’t surprise me if he made the frame. Luke Dempsey takes the ride. Personally I will be happy with a clear round of jumping.
Mk Drama is declared for Ballinrobe on Monday with Colin Keane booked. He has a terrible draw from stall 17 but is in cracking form. If the ground got quick, we might not run.
Have a good day.

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Poor Luke & one runner at Downpatrick on Wednesday

We hit the crossbar twice at Roscommon on Monday. All the horses are in good shape after their races.
Chasing Abbey ran a cracking race and got 3lb off the handicapper. It still keeps him in the 109 races. He was unlucky to meet an improving horse from the red hot Gavin Cromwell yard. I think I will step him up in trip next time. I don’t think that he will go to Galway, more than likely he will reappear at Roscommon, a track that he loves.
Subset ran well in a race that I shouldn’t have run him in. He will step up in trip and back to the 95’s. His owner is really missing going racing with the restrictions that are currently in place. He even drove all the way down to Roscommon to watch the race from the road with his binoculars. Fair play to him – that’s some dedication when he could have watched it on the television.
Poor old Roachdale House ran an absolute blinder and just got mugged on the line by Mark Walsh on Stamp Your Feet. I thought Luke gave Roachdale House a perfect ride as he is a tricky customer. I was very surprised when the stewards handed him a two day ban for excessive use of the whip. Having looked at the race over and over again, I think that he was hard done by as he only gave him a few in the forehand and the rest were in the backhand and only taps. He then put it down when he knew he had no more. I think it was very harsh and it will rule Luke out of two big days at Galway. As for Roachdale House, we might go back to Galway as his owner, like every other owner would love to have a winner at Galway. He went very close at Ballybrit last year also. As for Luke, all reports are that he should have got a bigger ban for kicking the cat.

Luke Dempsey

We have one runner on Wednesday at Downpatrick.
Doonbeg Glory runs in the 1:00 – Toals Dial-A-Bet Mares Maiden Hurdle up North with Luke Dempsey booked to ride. She is a nice filly but will find it easier in handicaps.

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Runners – Roscommon Monday 13th July 2020

I just want to start by wishing Barry Geraghty a happy retirement. He will have to work for a living now and I won’t mention the Coral Cup.  Barry is a gentleman and always good for a laugh. He gave our yard a really special day at Kilbeggan, our local track, when he gave Archie Boy an incredible ride to hold on by a short head. I actually don’t think anyone else would have won on him that day. It was even more special as the race was sponsored by the late Paul and Carmel Fay. We all had a special day and it actually turned out to be Archie Boys last victory. Thanks Barry aka The Hoofer.

Chasing Abbey winning his Maiden Hurdle at Roscommon in 2019.

We head to Roscommon today where we saddle three runners.

Subset runs in the opening race at 2:00 – Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle with Jack Wildman booked to ride. It looks a bit of a strong race and we are a bit off at the weights but it would not surprise me if he manages to run a big race. Claire, the real trainer thinks that he will win and Tommy Geoghegan has done a lot of schooling with him. I hope he runs well for his owner Peter O’Grady who has put a lot of work in himself and is also the breeder.

Luke Dempsey partners Chasing Abbey in the 3:00 – www.roscommonracecourse.ie Handicap Hurdle. He is a great little horse and loves it around Roscommon. He always runs a good race but I’m just a bit worried that there might be one or two better handicapped than him. He will certainly give you a run for your money.

Luke takes the ride also on Roachdale House in the 4:30 – Larry O’Farrelly Memorial Handicap Steeplechase. He is a bit of a monkey and was travelling well in this race last year when unseating the jockey. If Roachdale House can put in a clear round of jumping, I’d be hoping that he might enter the frame.

Have a good day – Stay Safe.


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Runners – Friday 10th July 2020

We head to one of our local tracks, Kilbeggan on Friday where I saddle two runners in the 4:25 – Tullamore Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Denis O’Regan takes the ride on Inshallah Queen. She was bought from France and pulled up on her Irish debut at Roscommon under Luke Dempsey when not jumping too well. Luke has opted to ride another horse in the race so we will be happy if Inshallah Queen can put in a good round of jumping with her future in mind as she is only four.
Our other runner in the race, Mashell will be ridden by Jack Wildman and she ran well the last day and might well sneak a place at big odds.
Looking back at Wednesday’s runners at Bellewstown and Gowran Park, I was very happy with Sheberghan and Plunkett. Sheberghan ran an excellent race to finish third and will be one for handicaps down the road.
Power Drive still isn’t himself and Luke said that he didn’t get much of a feel out of him.
Plunkett ran a really nice race at Gowran whilst I was disappointed with Buachaill Or. We will freshen him up and run him on better ground.


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Runners – Wednesday 8th July 2020

A busy Wednesday is in store as we saddle four runners across the cards at Bellewstown and Gowran Park.
Sheberghan gets us started in the 1:00 – Intersure Group (C&G) Maiden Hurdle on the Hill of Crockafotha with Luke Dempsey booked to ride. Sheberghan is a talented but frustrating horse and I am hoping that hurdling can give him a new job. He’s not the bravest at home and it looks a tough race with plenty of horses with good ratings and experience taking him on. We are hoping for a clear round and that he will learn from it.
Luke Dempsey also combines with Power Drive in the 2:30 – Thanks To The Frontline Workers Handicap Hurdle (Div 1). The horse was very sick at Christmas and we are just trying to get him back. Any rain would be a disadvantage.
Over at Gowran Park, Plunkett runs in the 5:25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden with Rory Cleary booked to ride. He is a very nice horse but has proven very tricky to train. He ran well the last day at Limerick but we are not sure about him liking the ground. We would be happy to see him run well.
We were gutted that Buachaill Or went so close last time out and was just denied by a nose. He runs in the 6:25 – Golf Societies Welcome at Gowran Park Apprentice Handicap, taking on Dark Design, the horse that beat us last time out at Limerick who will have no difficulty with the ground. If my lad manages to handle the ground, his good draw from stall 3 should help and we are certainly out for revenge. He is in great form at home and is my most likely winner.

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Sally’s Pints

Celebrating Sally parks win in sligo!
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Paul Flynn’s Blog 25th Just 2017

Sorry with the delay in the last update since the last blog we have a couple of real special winners with my late Dad’s Coinne Flynn horse winning in Hamilton.

He definitely gave us some help from heaven as it was good to firm when we arrived with Jackie Eillis needing soft the heavens opened and with only hours to spare the ground turned soft and the rest is history my daughter Ciara travelled over with me she had her boyfriend Joe with her he was a lucky man he behaved him self as I would of thrown him overboard we just got back in time to head straight to Sligo with Roachdale House and more drama their with puppy getting injured before the race (get well )

We had a jockey change with Keith Donahue giving the horse a absolute masterclass in dropping a horse on the line a peach it was a great day for Aidan Gallagher and the Beagan families who were having their first winner it makes all the hard work worth while I hope it can encourge some local people to pop in and see if we could do the same for them!  

This week’s runners are Bee An Aristocrat in Ballinrobe the mastro Russell is onboard he ran a great race the last day finishing 4 on his first run for a few years I think he come on well from that run and expecting a good run 

Jackie Eillis might run in Naas on Wednesday if the rain comes expected a bold show 

Just like to say thanks to Claire Howes for all her hard work with Jackie the last few years and shemi didn’t do a bad job on Rochdale either I’ll be back Sunday with are Galway runners thanks for reading

 


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