Aidan O’Brien landed another taking juvenile success as Adelaide River made a winning debut in the eight-furlong maiden at Dundalk on Monday afternoon. Ridden by Wayne Lordan, the 11/4 chance pulled away inside the final furlong to beat the Noel Meade-trained 40/1 outsider Golden Temple by two and three-parts of a length with 8/11 favourite Gimmie shelter, trained by Joseph O’Brien, only third. Three and three-parts of a length was the winning margin as the Denis Hogan-trained Ghumama landed the opening division of the 10-furlong handicap. With Joey Sheridan riding in the colours of the Fountain Hill Racing Society, the 11/1 chance was ridden clear from the furlong-pole to win well from James McAuley’s Aleksey Tolstoy. Killian Leonard captured the second of the same race on the Anthony McCann-trained Ragtime Red. The 28/1 chance, owned by Rita Shah, gamely saw off the challenge of 5/2 favourite Spirituoso by a length and a quarter.
Later that same evening at Roscommon, Paddy Twomey and Billy Lee were winners again as Impact Warrior made a winning debut in the auction series race over the extended seven furlongs. A strong 5/4 favourite, she had a little in hand when beating 2/1 chance Goa Gajah, trained by Joseph O’Brien, by half a length. Twomey and Lee were also winners at York on Saturday where Treasure Trove ran out a 4/1 winner of the Listed Julia Graves Roses Stakes. Ben Coen is already enjoying his best season, winners-wise, and his tally reached 33 when he landed the concluding Sean Cleary Memorial Handicap on the Keep Your Distance Syndicate-owned Firstman. A 14/1 shot for trainer Tony Martin, the five-year-old came with a late run to beat the Ado McGuinness-trained Magnetic North by half a length.
Templemore trainer Leslie Young took the two and a half-mile handicap hurdle at Sligo on Wednesday where He’s Leading Me On was a winning favourite. In the colours of owners Bryan Meade and Conor Mohan, the 9/4 chance, ridden by Sean Flanagan, skipped clear on the run to the final flight to score by a length and a quarter from Shane Broderick’s 5/2 shot Sphagnum. Broderick was a runner-up again as Snugsborough Benny lost out by a length and a half to the Tom Gibney-trained Story Rory in the very next race.
The opening division of the eight-furlong handicap at Killarney on Thursday went the way of the Denis Hogan-trained Eloquent Arthur. In the colours of the Winning Chance Syndicate, the Daniel King-ridden four-year-old got up in the dying strides to beat the Thomond O’Mara-trained Well Suited by a neck at odds of 13/2.
Killenaule teenager Adam Ryan rode his first winner on the racecourse when partnering the Andy Slattery-trained Next Week to take the concluding bumper at Killarney on Friday. The 18-year-old, who has two point-to-point winners to his name, brought the 33/1 chance home a length and a half to the good over the Willie Mullins-trained 13/8 favourite Polo Lounge in the colours of owner Joe Bolger. Rachael Blackmore gave Killenaule a second winner when she partnered the Henry de Bromhead-trained Brave Way to success at Kilbeggan on the same evening. The 4/1 chance landed her first handicap chase success with a cosy three and a quarter-length success over the Noel Meade-trained Siberian Way in the famous Kenny Alexander colours. Denis Hogan wrapped up the midlands fixture when taking the the John Thomas McNamara Series INH Flat Race with the John Gleeson-ridden Thecompanysergeant. An 11/4 shot, the Martin Cooney-owned five-year-old led before the straight to win by two lengths from the Nigel Slevin-trained Memories Never Die.
Aidan O’Brien rounded of the week on a high with a dominant display at the Curragh on Saturday and Group 1 success at Deauville the following afternoon. His trip to County Kildare yielded four winners, all two-year-olds and all ridden by Ryan Moore. The pair won both Group 2 races on the card with Aesop’s Fables scoring a hugely impressive success in the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes. The easy-to-back 3/1 chance picked up well early inside the final furlong to beat his own stable companion, the Seamie Heffernan-ridden 5/2 shot Hans Andersen, by two and a quarter lengths and 35 minutes later 8/13 favourite Meditate followed up with an all-the-way success in the Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes. She made it four wins from as many starts with a three-parts of a length win over the Michael O’Callaghan-trained Olivia Maralda. O’Brien and Moore also won both maiden races earlier in the day. The 5/4 favourite Hiawatha took the eight-furlong race by an easy three and a half lengths from Jim Bolger’s Fleetfoot while Continuous, the 100/30 favourite, made a winning debut in the seven-furlong maiden. Burnchurch’s Martin Hassett saddled two winners of his own, his first Curragh double. Seamie Heffernan partnered 100/30 chance Secret Magician to a two-length success in the six-furlong maiden and Scott McCullagh was on top as Harry’s Hill, owned by the Tipp Ramblers Partnership, took the concluding five-furlong handicap at odds of 15/2, the four-year-old beating the Leanne Breen-trained Sosallycanwait by three and a quarter lengths. Another Tipperary trainer on the mark at the meeting was Andy Slattery who took the 10-furlong maiden with 11/8 favourite Smooth Tom which was partnered by his son Andrew. Owned and bred by Margaret O’Rourke, the three-year-old was ridden into the straight and picked up well to lead over a furlong from the finish. He scored by a length and a half from the Jessica Harrington-trained Astelia.
A fourth winner of the week came Slattery’s way as Cian Quirke won the beginners’ chase at Killarney on Saturday on the 7/2 chance Whosgotyanow. Owned by Dr Ronan Tynan, the 7/2 chance made all the running to beat the Debbie Harnett-trained Babylon Beach by a length and a quarter.
Blackbeard was the latest Aidan O’Brien-trained Group 1 winner as he beat the Richard Hannon-trained Persian Force to take the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville, Ryan Moore’s 100th top-flight success for the champion trainer who was also on the mark with the Seamie Heffernan-ridden 100/30 chance Dower House in the five-furlong fillies’ maiden at Naas on Sunday. She led close to the finish to beat Willie Browne’s Spirit Galway by a neck.
Ballinrobe – Monday, August 22 (First Race 5pm)
Bellewstown – Tuesday, August 23 (First Race 4.40pm)
Bellewstown – Wednesday, August 24 (First Race 4.40pm)
Navan – Thursday, August 25 (First Race 1.50pm)
Tipperary – Friday, August 26 (First Race 4.15pm)
Down Royal – Friday, August 26 (First Race 4.40pm)
Curragh – Saturday, August 27 (First Race 1.20pm)