By Dan Walsh
Ten races at Borris House and seven races at Ballindenisk in Cork gave Wexford stables plenty of opportunity for success today and Ellen Doyle, who trains at Coolgarrow Lane, near Enniscorthy, notched up an across the card double. On a very productive day ten Wexford trained winners were recorded.
Doyle’s first victory came in the first division of the maiden race for four-year olds at the Cork track where Tango Star came home two lengths to the good under Bagenalstown rider John O’Neill.
Doyle’s double came at the end of the 10-race card at the Carlow track when Blackhall took the first division of the ‘older maiden’ race by half a length with Cleariestown rider Barry Stone in the saddle.
Champion rider Barry O’Neill went to Cork and got his name on the scoresheet aboard Colin Bowe’s Kilbeg King running in The Lads and Eoin Syndicate colours who enjoyed an eight lengths advantage at the finish of the maiden race for five and six year old geldings.
Division two of the four-year-old maiden race at Cork went to Michael Murphy’s Redbridge Stables at Duncormack. Local rider Sean Staples got the first timer Journey With Me home comfortably by twelve lengths.
At Borris House, the first division of the maiden race for four year old mares was the one and a half lengths winner She Is A Contender, running in the colours of Linda Butler and a second career winner for handler Wayne Kehoe who has two horses in training and uses the beach at Blackwater to get them fit. Simon Cavanagh was in the saddle.
Both divisions of the maiden race for four-year-old geldings were won by Wexford trained and both were first time out. Division one went to Ottoman Style, trained by Cormac Doyle at Ballindaggin, five lengths to the good with Jack Hendrick, Mayglass up. Division two went to Donnchadh Doyle’s Classic Getaway ridden by Rob James who scored by eight lenths.
And the Doyle family success rolled along when Sean Doyle prepared Onagatheringstorm for the maiden race for five-year-old geldings and with Gorey rider Barry Walsh in the saddle triumphed by eight lengths.
Division one of the five-year-old mares’ maiden race was won by Current Mood, in the colours of Liam Gahan, trained at Craanford by Liam Kenny, and ridden by Wicklow rider Brian Lawless, who had a double at Borris House today. The winning verdict was seven lengths.
The Open Race confined to novice riders was a fourth win in five runs for Jimmy Devereux’s home-bred Mr Mantilla. Trained by Jimmy’s son, Vincent Devereeux at Rostoonstown, Broadway, Mr Manilla was ridden by Kilmore Quay rider Conor Moore, who was enjoying his second winner since returning after being off nursing a broken leg.