Strong entries have been received for the Grade 2 RED MILLS Chase and the Grade 3 RED MILLS Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday, with both feature races now worth €60,000.
The Grade 2 RED MILLS Chase looks a very hot race. Willie Mullins has three in the field including the highest rated entry Real Steel, a Grade 2 winner at Thurles last time out, last season’s Irish Gold Cup winner Bellshill, and Voix Du Reve, a winner at Grade 1 level at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival last year.
Henry de Bromhead, winner of the 2019 renewal with the Rachael Blackmore-ridden Monalee, has entered Chris’s Dream, a Grade 2 winner over fences last season and more recently successful in the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan. Gordon Elliott’s three entries, Hardline, Shattered Love and Death Duty are all Grade 1 winning chasers. Emmet Mullins could be represented by Zero Ten, an exciting novice chaser and winner of the RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival last season.
In the Grade 3 RED MILLS Trial Hurdle, Darasso, successful last year for Barry Geraghty and trainer Joseph O’Brien, could bid for a repeat success. The seven-year-old also holds an entry in the RED MILLS Chase. From the Gordon Elliott yard, Mengli Khan and Graded winner Surin are entered for owners Gigginstown House Stud.
An interesting entry comes in the form of the highly rated Cilaos Emery, from the local yard of champion trainer Willie Mullins, which has been campaigning over the larger obstacles of late. He was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork in December with Goffs Thyestes winning jockey Danny Mullins onboard. Fozzy Stack doesn’t have many runners over hurdles, but his Carlo Biraghi, a winner on his jumping debut at Punchestown early last year is a possible as is the Gearoid O’Loughlin-trained Cedarwood Road, a winner at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
The first race on the day is off at 1.10pm. Gates will open at 11am and the RED MILLS Style Marquee will be open from 11.30am where there is a pop-up store, fashion shows throughout the day with stylist Marietta Doran, and the Best Dressed competition, judged by Emily O’Donnell and Edward Hayden, where the winning lady and gent will each receive a €500 voucher for the RED MILLS Store and a two night stay in a Talbot Collection Hotel.
Complimentary buses depart from close to the gates of Kilkenny Castle at 12 noon. They return at 5pm and 7pm. The later bus is to accommodate After Dark fans who take to the stage in the Heineken Live marquee at 4.45pm and will play for two hours. There is also live music in the Thyestes Bar which is the ground floor bar from just before the last race. The best priced general admission tickets are available for €12 on GowranPark.ie, admission on the gate will be €15. Tickets bought online can be scanned on a phone or printed to ensure prompt access through the express entries. Gold and silver packages can also be purchased on Gowran Park’s website.
Tipperary Racing News – Feb 10th
Mouse Morris struck on the double at Thurles on Thursday where he shared winners with Rachael Blackmore and Robbie Power. Blackmore was in the saddle as the gambled-on 5/4 favourite Whatsnotoknow scored a three and a quarter length success over The Broghie Man in the 2m maiden hurdle for owner Richard Scott. In the equally familiar colours of Robcour, 5/1 chance French Dynamite recorded a two and a half length win in the rated novice hurdle, the five-year-old readily getting the better of 11/10 favourite The Bosses Oscar.
Denis Hogan landed an early double at Dundalk on Friday where he shared his winners with Joe Doyle. The pair landed the opening claiming race with 14/1 chance Tony The Gent which readily got the better of the Johnny Murtagh-trained 2/1 favourite Parkers Hill by half a length in the colours of owner James McAuley. There was no claim for the winner, but the runner-up is to join County Down trainer Leanne Breen. Hogan and Doyle followed up when the Genesis Thoroughbreds Club-owned Narynkol won the 12f maiden by a similar margin. The 4/1 shot wasn’t extended to beat John McConnell’s 7/1 chance Indignation. Cahir youngster Shane Crosse was in the saddle as the Edward Lynam-trained Major Power landed the 7f apprentice handicap. Another 4/1 winner, the five-year-old carried the trainer’s own colours as he won from the Andy Slattery-trained Eacharn, ridden by Ben Coen, with the winner’s stable companion Masalai, the 7/2 favourite under Gavin Ryan, a close third. Fozzy Stack won the 5f maiden with the easy-to-back 5/1 chance American Lady. The three-year-old got the better of market principals Healy’s double, the 7/4 favourite, and 9/4 shot Bombshell in good style, making light of her wide draw to win under Chris Hayes.
Horse Racing Ireland launch summer Student Internship Programme
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) have launched their 2020 summer student internship programme which returns for its seventh year. There are a number of paid placements available, commencing in June 2020 and running for 12 weeks throughout the summer to the end of August. The programme is open to all Third Level students in any college year of any course.
Students will benefit from mentoring by experienced professionals which will allow them to develop their practical skills in a fast-paced environment while gaining valuable experience of the work which goes on behind the scenes in the Irish racing and breeding industry.
HRI Education and Training Manager, Grainne Murphy, said: “The student internship programme plays a key role in the strategic aim of HRI to attract new entrants into the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. We hope that, for the successful applicants, this is the just first step to a fulfilling and rewarding career within this great industry.”
Further details and the application form are available at www.hri.ie/work-with-hri/
Bellharbour Point-to-Point on target to raise €20,000 for Cancer Trials Ireland
Bellharbour Point-to-Point’s fundraising efforts to support Pat Smullen’s goal to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer trails is on target to raise €20,000.
The race meeting last Sunday, February 2 at the County Clare venue included many charity elements which culminated in the ‘Pat Smullen Legends Race for Cancer Trials Ireland’ and saw many famous names from racing taking part in the event with all proceeds raised going to Cancer Trials Ireland.
Paul Carberry, Adrian Maguire, Jason Titley, Willie Twiston Davies, Mick Winters, Trevor Horgan, and Tom Keating are just a number of those who took part.
Approximately a furlong from home, it looked like Jason Titley was going to be coming out on top, but Tom Costello launched a late challenge to power home from Jason Titley in second.
Adrian Maguire claimed the third spot in what was a photo finish between himself and Sam Curling, who had to settle for the fourth spot. Paul Carberry finished back in fifth, whilst Mick Winters, who led for a good part of the event, finished sixth.
Pat Smullen was in attendance at the County Clare course and was delighted with the continued support shown for Cancer Trials Ireland following on from the fundraising held on Longines Irish Champions Weekend last September.
Nine time champion Flat jockey Pat Smullen who retired on medical grounds after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, said: “It’s just overwhelming, from what we did over Longines Irish Champions Weekend to what the Bellharbour committee did last weekend, it has just grown legs, it’s really humbling. I want to reassure everybody that all the money raised will go directly to Cancer Trials Ireland, and hopefully it will do a lot of good work in the future.
“To the Bellharbour Point-to-Point Committee, and obviously all theowners and trainers who supplied the horses, and the lads who rode in the race and the stable staff – I can’t thank you enough.”
Donations can be made to support this great cause through the Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/