By Dan Walsh at Bettyville Park
Noel Dooly who trains at Courtnacuddy, Enniscorthy, delighted the local followers with a 13/2 winner, Where’s Bunny by three and a half lengths in the handicap chase at sunny Wexford this afternoon.
Owned by the trainer’s father, Robert Dooly from Tramore, the trainer said afterwards; “That was her first handicap over fences. She had one run in a beginners’ at the back-end of last year. She has always jumped well and ran in point-to-points in her early days.”
Where’s Bunny provided jockey Richard Condon with a double. He also scored on Jakes Dream (12/1) in the mare’s maiden hurdle where Uppertown Moya took the third sport for Coolgarrow, Enniscorthy, trainer Mary Ellen Doyle.
Charlie O’Dwyer, son of former Wexford jockey and Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle hero, Conor O’Dwyer, won on King’s Keeper (2/5 fav) in the Gigginstown House Stud colours and Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead in the opportunity maiden hurdle.
There was another Waterford winner in the maiden hurdle when John Queally’s Don’t Tell Allen (11/1), with Ian Power up, had five lengths to spare over Mangan Sue, running in the colours of Pat Doyle, Courtown, trained in Bunclody by Anthony John Black and Peter Carberry was the winning jockey.
Larry Murphy from Ramsgrange was the breeder of Bearwithmenow (8/1) who took the handicap hurdle giving Gabi Bourke, (27), from Cork who has ridden winners in Sewden, his first success in this country. A winner for John Flavin’s Tramore stables. Bonne Debut finished third after a good run for Mark Scallan’s Cleariestown yard.
Rarely does a Wexford meeting go by without a Willie Mullins trained winner and the champion trainer kept up his good strike rate in the south-east with Ganapathi (11/10 fav), the nine lengths winner of the novice chase under Carlow claiming rider Kieran Callaghan.
Philip Fenton maintained a good seasonal strike rate at Bettyville Park when saddling Secret Cargo (16/1) to a ‘neck’ victory under Mikey Hamill, just holding off the challenge of Steps March (Ian Power) in the concluding handicap chase.
Racing returns to Bettyville Park next Wednesday, June 15th, for an evening meeting, so all looking forward to that.
The Tote aggregate was €101,895.22 (7 races) compared with last year- €84,079.14 (8 races).