By Dan Walsh
There was a dramatic ending to the 8-runner Open Lightweight Nomination race over the Lingstown banks course this afternoon as Better B Quick came home first by eight lengths but was subsequently disqualified after a steward’s enquiry.
Better B Quick ridden by Sean Staples for Duncormack handler Michael Murphy put in a brilliant round of jumping, but sadly Better B Quick ‘went the wrong side of a doll entering the home straight’, a steward’s enquiry ensued, and the result was amended.
Victory was awarded to Vital Island, owned and trained by Richard O’Keeffe, Newtown, Taghmon, and ridden by Tiernan Power Roche, Tomhaggard. Speaking to WexfordLocal.com, Richard O’Keeffe said; “He has won twice over the banks (before today). He loves it here. I would love to bring him to Cheltenham in March.”
The Tattersalls Ireland maiden race for four year olds was run in two divisions and resulted in a double success for Ballyboy Stables, The Ballagh, Denis Murphy (handler) and Jamie Codd (rider) with Grangeclare West in division one and Viva Lavilla in the second division.
Grangeclare West had four lengths to spare in the colours of Edelle Logan. “He is very well-bred (by Presenting) and could end up very good,” Denis Murphy told WexfordLocal.com. Following Viva Lavilla’s success, Denis added; “They are two nice horses. I am not surprised they worked well together. They go to the sales now.”
The Cooney Furlong four-year-old auction maiden race was won by The King of Ryhope trained in Dubin by Cian Hughes.
The mares’ maiden race for five-year olds saw a two lengths success for Nancy Wyse, bred, owned and trained by Gerard Quirk in Kilkenny and a winner for Foulksmills rider Shane O’Rourke.
Rob James waited until the final race before getting his winner for the day – Cut Pretender by one and a half lengths for Tipperary handler David Nagle.
Also, point-to-point action at Boulta, West Waterford today and two Wexford trained winners. Cormac Doyle, Ballindaggin, saddled newcomer Connies Choice, the two and a half lengths winner of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings ridden by Jack Hendrick from Mayglass.
There was a fine victory for the Deacon family, Belmont House, Clonroche, with Call It Time, bred by Tom Deacon, running in the colours of Willie Deacon and trained by his son, Daryl, who had a two and a half lengths victory in the Winner of One Race. The winning rider was Moira McElligott.
No Wexford trained winners at Kirkistown in Co. Down on Saturday, but champion Barry O’Neill made the journey worthwhile with a five lengths success on David Christie’s On The Road, winning his fifth race on the trot, in the Open Race.