Locals ‘off day’ at Wexford races

By Dan Walsh

No local winners at Bettyvile Park today with Strong Roots (8/1) runner-up behind Stealthy Tom for owner/trainer Richie Rath from Screen and ridden by JJ Slevin emerging as the only Wexford placed horse across the seven race card.

Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead saddled Bold Enough (1/2 fav.) in the novice chase and having last ran in a handicap hurdle at Aintree he added an eight lengths victory under jockey Mark Walsh.

Mallow jockey Darragh O’Keeffe enjoyed his trip to the showery south-east with a double. Ah Littleluck (11/1) scored by 19 lengths in the three-mile handicap chase for Trim trainer Tom Gibney and O’Keeffe rode Stealthy Tom (11/4 fav.) to a two lengths victory for trainer Enda Bolger in division two of the Neville Hotels handicap hurdle.

A most impressive winner was the Willie Mullins home-bred Ashroe Diamond (10/11 fav.) in the mares’ bumper. Ridden by Patrick Mullins the filly was just off the leaders after the final bend and ran away from the field in the closing stages to win by 14 lengths.

Afterwards Patrick Mullins said; “That was very impressive and that’s what she has been showing us at home. I couldn’t pull her up. Jackie bred her. It’s a fabulous pedigree.”

On a showery afternoon the going was ‘soft’ for the first five races and ground conditions changed after the fifth race to ‘soft, soft to heavy in places’ on chase course and ‘soft to heavy’ on bumper track. 

The Tote aggregate was €177,311 compared with €75,737 for the corresponding meeting last year.

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