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03/08/2021

It's winners alright for Limerick racing enthusiasts

It's winners alright for Limerick racing ewnthusiasts

The Rathkeale father and son team of Eric and Conor McNamara were winners at Cork on Saturday with the Scobie Wan Kenobi Racing Club-owned Groveman Picture: David Keane/Racing Post

SHANAGOLDEN jockey Chris Hayes won the Listed Gain First Flyer Stakes at the Curragh on Bank Holiday Monday on the Fozzy Stack-trained 5/2 shot Castle Star.

While the stable’s 15/8 favourite Cheerupsleepyjean, ridden by Jamie Spencer, flopped, Hayes brough the winner from off the pace to record a cosy one and three-parts of a length success over the Willie McCreery-trained Loveday and he might well reappear in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Ballingarry jockey Billy Lee won the opening seven-furlong maiden at Gowran Park on Wednesday with the Willie McCreery-trained Texas Moon which is owned by the trainer and Sarah and Dave Hyland.

The winner made much of the running to score by a length and a quarter from the Jim Bolger-trained Eaglefield.

At Downpatrick on Friday afternoon, the Michael McDonagh-trained Fly De Megaudais scored a narrow victory in the two-mile three-furlong handicap chase in the Shannon trainer’s own colours. Cathal Landers was in the saddle as the 6/1 shot got home by a neck from 5/1 joint-favourite Carried.

 Billy Lee rode two very contrasting winners at Cork on Friday evening. He had an easy time of it on the Ken Condon-trained Quarantine Dreams in the five-furlong maiden as the Genesis Thoroughbreds-owned 12/1 chance scored a two and a half-length win over the Sean Hennessy-trained Jon Riggens.

But it was tougher going for the Ballingarry jockey in the 10-furlong maiden as he was all out to get the Paddy Twomey-trained newcomer Castletownbere home by nose from the Aidan O'Brien-trained HMS Seahorse. Owned and bred by Louis Walshe, the 3/1 shot came out best in a three-way phot-finish as the Johnny Murtagh-trained Safecracker was only a head away in third place.

Rathkeale trainer Eric McNamara and his son Conor were among the winners at Cork on Saturday where Groveman won the two and a half-mile handicap hurdle.

The 25/1 chance came with a late run to account for the Rodger Sweeney-trained Sean Says by three-parts of a length and the winner carries the colours of the Scobie Wan Kenobi Racing Club.

Other Racing News

Jamie Codd brough the curtain down on a terrific point-to-point career with a winner at Tattersalls Farm on Sunday. Codd called it a day after winning the four-year-old maiden on the Denis Murphy-trained Supreme Gift, his 972nd point-to-point winner in a 22-year career.

The 39-year-old said, “I’m retiring from point-to-points, but I’ll continue to ride on the track as long as Denise Foster and Gordon Elliott want me! It’s been a brilliant journey. Point-to-points have given me my career and I’ve met a lot of great people.

This has been on my mind since Christmas and if my local track Lingstown had been on in March, I probably would have done it there. I wanted to go out on a winner for Denis and it worked out great. I work for Tattersalls as well so it was lovely to do it here.”

Only Derek O'Connor has ridden more point-to-point winners than the Wexford man.

Upcoming Fixtures

Killarney – Tuesday, May 11 (First Race 4.40pm)

Roscommon – Tuesday, May 11 (First Race 1.30pm)

Dundalk – Wednesday, May 12 (First Race 4.30pm)

Clonmel – Thursday, May 13 (First Race 4.05pm)

Kilbeggan – Friday, May 14 (First Race 4.05pm)

Leopardstown – Friday, May 14 (First Race 1.55pm)

Navan – Saturday, May 15 (First Race 1.55pm)

Wexford – Sunday, May 16 (First Race 1.55pm)

Naas – Sunday, May 16 (First Race 1.40pm)

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