By Dan Walsh at Wexford Races
It was a family day at Wexford racecourse this afternoon with a large attendance in summer conditions and a fair amount of local involvement on the seven-race card and some good competitive racing.
Amateur jockey James Kenny from Craanford rode his eighth career winner on the track when bringing World Of Fortunes (6/1) home with six and a half lengths to spare in the concluding mares bumper. The five-year-old chestnut mare is owned by Michael Broderick from Ballymore Eustace and is trained by the winning jockey’s father, Liam Kenny, near Gorey. Runner-up was Familiar Dreams ridden by Jamie Codd and in third place was Colm Murphy’s Rhaenyra ridden by James O’Rourke from Clonard, Wexford.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins was successful in the mare’s maiden hurdle with Cinsa (4/11 favourite) ridden by Sean O’Keeffe, Harveystown, Taghmon.
J P McManus has a good record at Wexford, particularly in the steeplechases, and today was no different when Goodnightngodbless (17/2) ran out to a 10 lengths success in the handicap chase for trainer James Motherway and was ridden by Charlie O’Dwyer, son of former top jockey Conor O’Dwyer who grew up close to Wexford racecourse.
Gordon Elliott supplied the winner of the mares handicap hurdle with Fruit Blossom (11/2) ridden by Keith Donoghue.
There was a long shot success in the Sulzer Wexford Celebrating 50 Years in Business handicap hurdle in Corkbeg (18/1) ridden by Denis O’Regan from David Harry Kelly’s Fethard, Co. Tipperary stables.
Edward O’Grady’s Ceroc (15/2) won the handcap hurdle with Philip Enright up and Tangental from Colm Murphy’s Killena, Gorey, stables finished in third place for J J Slevin.
Watch House Cross (11/4) took the novice chase for the trainer and jockey combination, Henry de Bromhead and Darragh O’Keeffe.
The day’s Tote aggregate was €92,857.26 compared with €90,802.79 last year. The jackpot of €3,769.73 was not won. The next races at Wexford is on Wednesday, May 31st – just 11 days away!