28 Sept 2022

Exciting Kilmallock jockey bags winner on first ride on the track

Exciting Kilmallock jockey records winner on first ride on the track

Kilmallock jockey Oisin Enright steered Thaleeq to victory in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Derek O’Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap at The Curragh Picture: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

RECENT RACE graduate Oisín Enright had a day he will never forget at The Curragh on Saturday, as the Limerick jockey booted home a winner on his very first ride.

Enright, from Kilmallock, kept his cool superbly to thread through horses and bring the Dermot Weld-trained Thaleeq from off the pace to record an emphatic two-length victory in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Derek O’Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap at odds of 20/1.

The exciting Limerick horseman was among the 26 young people who recently graduated from the Trainee Jockey programme at the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare.

Seventeen-year-old Enright completed his work placement with racehorse trainer Dermot Weld on the Curragh and he has now taken up full-time employment in that yard and signed on as an apprentice and will hopefully be seen shortly on the race track.
The group successfully completed a ten-month residential programme which combined practical instruction, work placement and classroom modules in a QQI Level 4 award in Horsemanship.

Modules included Communications, Information Technology, Business Calculations, Workplace Safety, Health Related Fitness, Stable and Yard Routine plus Racehorse Care and Exercise.

Meanwhile, Pat O’Donnell’s small string have been running consistently of late and the Kilmallock trainer made the most of being able to call on Rachael Blackmore, as Ardamir provided him with his first winner of the National Hunt season in the Broderick’s Electrical Claiming Hurdle at Ballinrobe on Monday of last week.

Blackmore picked up the spare due to an injury to Denis O’Regan and she was happy to sit in rear until making headway just after half-way of the two-mile contest, only taking it up 150 yards from the last and the pair kept on well to score by two and a half lengths.

Ballingarry trainer Richard O’Brien has been making his rare forays into the jumps scene pay and he provided Danny Mullins with the first leg of a double as Surac was delivered late, having been prominent most of the way, to land the spoils in the JJ Burke Peugeot 3YO Maiden Hurdle by three-quarters of a length.

It really was a red-letter day for the Limerick contingent in the west as trainer/jockey father-and-son duo, Charles and Philip combined to deliver the 2m6f Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle with Vinnie Is Busy. The teenaged Byrnes got his fractions right from the front on the 11/10 favourite, keeping enough in the tank to pull away after the last.

Chris Hayes took the closing honours at Leopardstown on Thursday evening, as the Dermot Weld-trained Giladah recovered from a tardy start to claim her second handicap of the season, the Sadettin Atig Memorial Handicap over nine furlongs. The three-year-old filly was put into a prominent spot quickly by Hayes despite not coming out of the stalls well, making his move as soon as they turned into the straight and the filly showed tremendous battling qualities to hold off the fast-finishing Highland King by a neck.

Down at Tramore the same evening, Conor McNamara hit the target and it was a deserving success for Leslie Young’s consistent He’s Leading Me On in the Mary Hearn Memorial Handicap Hurdle. McNamara gave his mount his head going into the dip and only needed to push the five-year-old out to secure a nine-length verdict.

Billy Lee maintained his good run and bagged the feature at Cork on Friday, the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes with the progressive Paddy Twomey-trained Rumbles Of Thunder, who was held up and always travelling well, ridden to lead inside the furlong marker, asserting to oblige by two and a quarter lengths.


Sligo – Wednesday, August 17 (First Race 5.25pm)

Killarney – Thursday, August 18 (First Race 5.05pm)

Killarney – Friday, August 19 (First Race 4.05pm)

Kilbeggan – Friday, August 19 (First Race 4.25pm)

Curragh – Saturday, August 20 (First Race 1.25pm)

Killarney – Saturday, August 20 (First Race 2.10pm)

Naas – Sunday, August 21 (First Race 2.30pm)

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