By Dan Walsh
Adamstown jockey Jonathan Moore was the happiest man in Bettyville Park today as it was his first day back in saddle since Tramore on July 25th and he scored a three and a half lengths victory on Peaches and Cream, (17/2) for Meath trainer Gavin Cromwell in the Slaney Beginners Chase.
Moore missed the Galway Festival due to a six- day whip ban, but he was happy to be part of a 113/1 double for Cromwell. The JP McManus owned Walk Me Home (11/1) under Jody McGarvey in the first division of the Bann Maiden Hurdle was the other Cromwell trained winner of the afternoon.
Philip Rothwell, Tinahely, saddled the shock 25/1 winner of the Barrow Handicap Chase when The Broom Square obliged for owners Eric Newnham and Carol Hogan. Adam Shortt was in the saddle.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins always likes a winner in the south east and it came in the Boro Maiden Hurdle when Hybery (13/8 fav) scored by 10 lengths under Paul Townend. The champion jockey made it a quick double in the second race on Twilight Girl, (7/1), a first training winner for Peter Fahey.
Bagenalstown-based John ‘Shark’ Hanlon had a double success when Woodbrook Boy, (3/1 fav.) ridden by Conor Orr, in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase and Ballinboola Steel, (12/1), the mount of Racheal Blackmore, in the second division of the Bann Handicap Hurdle both prevailed.
Racing was run ‘behind closed doors’ as required by the Government’s Covid-19 pandemic guidelines.
The jackpot pool was €141 (not won). Day’s aggregate €98,671. Last year €69,632.