Neville’s Lad keeps Wexford punters happy

By Dan Walsh at Bettyville Park

Bridgetown trainer Seamus Neville flew the flag for the local punters at Wexford this afternoon when he saddled Brideswell Lad (11/4 fav) to follow up on his Limerick success in July to win the Wexford Racecourse Racing Club Handicap Chase under Caim jockey JJ Slevin.

Speaking afterwards Neville said; “He won pretty handy in Limerick. We were a little bit concerned about the ground today but he handled it okay. He would prefer quicker ground. I doubt if he’ll reach the heights of his half-brother Cloth Cap but with a bit of luck he might. I’ll look at Listowel for him now but it will depend on the ground.”

It was a memorable day for Anthony Bustin who rode his first winner on the track aboard Killoughteen (3/1) in the mare’s maiden hurdle. His two small sons, Harvey and Logan, dressed up in the identical silks to support their Dad and this was a family delighted in Wexford today.

“I rode one winner in a point-to-point in 2013 and then gave it up for six or seven years. I’m back at it now and myself, my brother-in-law and my wife own her. I said I wouldn’t ride again until I had my own horse because there’s no pressure and I can do whatever I want,” said Bustin afterwards.

Leading Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead got the day off to the perfect start with Magical Zoe (2/1 fav) getting home a length and a half to the good in the maiden hurdle under Conor Brassil.

One of the Three Tenors, Dr Ronan Tynan missed out on seeing his charge Kellies Dream (6/1) win the handicap hurdle for Andrew Slattery and claiming rider Cian Quirke. Tynan, who is closely associated on the racing scene with his singing colleague Anthony Kearns is a regular visitor to Wexford, but not present on this winning occasion.

Donagh Meyler won the handicap hurdle on Sean Says (10/1) for owner and trainer Rodger Sweeney from Castlelyons in Cork and the novice chase only attracted four runners with victory going to the Gordon Elliott trained Tullybeg (4/1) ridden by Davy Russell.

The final race of an interesting afternoon was the handicap chase with success for Ardaghs Choice (9/1) trained by Eamon ‘Dusty’ Sheehy at Graiguenamanagh and jockey Kevin Sexton who had seven lengths to spare over Philip Rothwell’s Walking The Walk.

The going was ‘good to yielding’ with a decent sized Saturday attendance and a small scattering of rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm.

The Tote aggregate was €69,747.96 compared with €46,843.94 last year.

Just two meetings left on the 2022 calendar for Wexford races and the dates to remember are the October Bank Holiday, Sunday and Monday, October 30th and 31st.  

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