Physical/Mental Issue Horses 4 April ’16

Physical/Mental Issue Horses 4 April ’16
LINGFIELD
3.50 FITZWILLIAM 9.3.16 NR SELF CERT INFECTED FOOT RT 26DAYS
5.20 CLAUDE GREENWOOD 10.3.16 NR SELF CERT BRUISED FOOT RT25DAYS
5.20 AWESOME ROCK 3.3.16 NR SELF CERT BRUISED FOOT RT32DAYS
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WARWICK
4.30 SIR PITT 24.3.16 NR SELF CERT LAME RT11DAYS
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EARLY TO POST/LED/MOUNTED CHUTE HORSES
4.20 LING SAVED MY BACON (EARLY/MOUNTED CHUTE)
2.00 WARW NOBEL LEADER (EARLY)
3.40 WINC MR LANDO (EARLY)
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STALLS ISSUE HORSES
4.20 LING SAVED MY BACON(STALLS TESTED IN PAST)
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Physical/Mental Issue Horses 3 April ’16

ASCOT
2.00 WHAT’S THE SCOOP: 11.3.16 TRIED TO RUN OFF TRACK RUN IN
2.35 ADRIEN DU PONT: 28.2.16 NR AFTER DECS VIRUS RT 35DAYS
3.10 TWELVE ROSES: HAS HAD REPORTED WIND OP
3.45 PORTWAY FLYER: 23.3.16 NR SELF CERT INFECTION RT 11DAYS
4.20 THEATRICAL STAR: BAD TRAVELLER HORSEBOX PARTITIONS OUT
4.55 NORSE LEGEND: 26.3.16 NR SELF CERT KNOCKED JOINT RT 8DAYS

CARLISLE
5.05 BARACALU: 29.3.16 RAN OUT LEAVING HOME STR BEND
5.05 ROBINTHEAULAD: 1.4.16 NR VET CERT LAME RT 2 DAYS

DONCASTER
5.45 DEEP RESOLVE: 15.3.16 NR VET CERT PULLED MUSCLE RT 19DAYS

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POSSIBLE EARLY TO POST/LED/MOUNTED CHUTE HORSES

4.55ASC SALMANAZAR (MOUNTED CHUTE)

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Physical/Mental Issue Horses 2 April 2016

2 April 2016 Physical/Mental Issue Horses

RT=RECOVERY TIME

KELSO
2.50 FORMIDABLEOPPONENT: RELUCTANT TO RACE IN PAST
4.00 CELTIC ARTISAN: 23.3.16 NR VET CERT LAME RT 10DAYS

NEWBURY
2.00 HEREWEGO HEREWEGO: RIDDEN BY GROOM IN PARADE RING
2.35 SEEBRIGHT: 12.3.16 NR SELF CERT BRUISED FOOT RT 21DAYS
3.40 AT FIRST LIGHT: 26.3.16 NR VET CERT FOOT INFECTION RT 7DAYS
3.40 AVISPA: HAS HAD WIND OP
4.50 ULTRAGOLD: HAS HAD AT LEAST 2 WIND OPS

UTTOXETER
2.05 BRINGEWOOD BLUE: 2.3.16 NR SELF CERT BAD SCOPE RT 31 DAYS
4.20 LOVES DESTINATION: 29.3.16 NR VET CERT STIFF RT 4 DAYS
4.55 PRET A THOU: 29.3.16 NR VET CERT BRUISED FOOT RT 4 DAYS
4.55 TIQUER: 31.3.16 NR VET CERT BLOODS WRONG RT 2 DAYS

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3.20 DONC ALBEN STAR (EARLY)
6.10 DONC EVACUSAFE LADY (EARLY)
4.10 KEMP VOLUNTEER POINT (MOUNTED CHUTE)

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Physical/Mental Issue Horses 1.4.16

1 April 2016 Physical/Mental Issue Horses

KEY: SC=selfcert: VC=vet cert: RT=recovery time

Newbury
2.25 VELATOR: HAS #BLED IN PAST 337 DAYS OFF TRACK
2.25 BINCOMBE: HAS HAD #WINDOP IN PAST/NEEDS REGULAR #PHYSIO
3.00 MAJOR MILBORNE: 29.2.16 NR SC #BRUISED FOOT RT 32DAYS
5.20 ONE COOL SCORPION: 24.3.16 WD UR GOT #LOOSE TO START

Lingfield
4.55 BOUCLIER: HAS #BURST BLOOD VESSELS IN PAST *2
5.30 CELESTRA: RIDDEN BY GROOM IN PARADE RING IN PAST

Wetherby
3.15 LOWCARR MOTION: 22.3.16 NR SC #LAME RT 10DAYS
4.25 ARKAIM: HAS #REFUSED TO RACE IN PAST 24.3.16

Wolverhampton
5.45 SPELLMAKER: 10.3.16 NR SC #STRESSED IN HORSEBOX
5.45 LOUIS VEE: 24.3.16 NR SC #GIRTH GALL RT 8DAYS
5.45 FIRST REBELLION: 23.3.16 NR SC #COUGHING RT 9DAYS
6.45 EURATO: 19.3.16 NR SC #HEAT IN LEG RT 13DAYS
6.45 EASYDOESIT: HAS #REFUSED TO RACE IN PAST
8.45 DIAMONDS A DANCING: 2.3.16 NR SC #BRUISED FOOT RT 30DAYS

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4.00 FONT: GRIESENAU(EARLY)
4.55 LING: NOBLE DEED(EARLY)
4.55 LING: JOHNNY B GOODE(EARLY)
5.45 WOLV: FIRST REBELLION(EARLY)
8.45 WOLV: SHAMLAN(MOUNTED CHUTE)

STALLS ISSUE HORSES

7.15WOLV FEELIN DICKY: REFUSED TO LOAD ON DEBUT

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Week 50: Mon 7 Dec- Sun 13 Dec #50shadesofneighhh for @TheAvondhu Press, Fermoy, Cork

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Week 50: Mon 7 Dec-Sun 13 Dec’15

Another 10 winners to report on from Avondhu area locals based in the UK with Castletownroche natives recording no less than 7 of those winners. Brian Harding took the honours last week with four winners, followed closely by Jonjo O’Neill with 3 winners. Kilworth native, Martin Lane added a further 2 winners, with Killeagh native Liam Keniry riding one winner. This takes our 2015 combined winning total onto the 467 winner mark.

Harding’s Still Got The Nac

Castletownroche native and jump jockey, Brian Harding, is riding out of his skin at the moment and added another four winners in week 50, this, taking his seasonal total on to the 26 winner mark. His most notable winner came aboard the Keith Dalgleish trained, Got The Nac(4/1), who took the 6 runner, 188Bet Novices’ Chase(C4), over 16.5f, at Newcastle, on December 10th last. Returning from an extended 8-month break, this six-year-old gelded son of Beneficial, was having his first start for Dalgleish, after changing hands for £40,000, at Doncaster sales, in April, this year. Having only his third chase start, after finishing second on his two previous runs over fences, Got The Nac, was a market drifter and settled early, in rear, it was clear from the outset that Harding was going to have his work cut out on this keen going sort. Pulling his way through runners, Got The Nac, was already upsides early leaders, Duhallowcountry and Kiama Bay approached the second fence. Bold over that fence, Got The Nac, galloped on into the lead with Harding allowing him his own way in front as the field passed the winning post first time round. Looking very enthusiastic in front and settling better, Got The Nac, winged fences as he came upon them and quickly had his closest market rivals on the stretch from a long way out. Continually judging his fences well, Harding, seemed content not to disappoint his mount and turning into the top of the home stretch he only has one horse, Special Catch, in vain pursuit. Foot perfect again over three out, Got The Nac, was giving his rivals a lesson in jumping and sailing over the last two fences, this Richard & Katherine Gilbert owned gelding, sauntered up the long run-in, to win eased down by six lengths. Recording his second win, having previously won over hurdles, Got The Nac, is rated 123 over fences and after demolishing a 129 rated horse in Special Catch by six lengths, I would expect no mercy from the handicapper, with at least a 10lb rise. Seemingly ground dependent with heavy or soft in all his best form, Got The Nac, looks a nice sort going forward and should be competitive at a higher level.
Harding went on to record another three winners and followed up his win aboard Got The Nac, with a Newcastle double, aboard the Nicky Richards trained, Betameche(13/8f), who took the 8 runner, 188Bet National Hunt Flat Race(C6), over 16.5f, on racecourse debut. Harding’s third winner came earlier in the week aboard another Nicky Richards trained inmate, this time in the shape of Baywing(7/4f), who defied a 15lb penalty for his recent Carlisle win, by taking the 8 runner, Douglas Family H’cap Hurdle(C4), over 20f, at Uttoxeter, on December 8th. Harding’s fourth winner came aboard a third Nicky Richards trained horse, in Western Rules(4/9f), who took the 5 runner, 188Bet Novices’ Hurdle(C4), over 19.5f, at Carlisle, on Dec 13th last. Recording his first hurdles win, on only his fifth start, this five-year-old gelded son of Westerner, is also a dual bumper winner and looks a nice prospect going forward. He made up for been beaten at 1/4f last time out, at Kelso.
Harding was unlucky not to make it five wins, after a fall early on the card, at Doncaster, last Saturday, caused him to be stood down. One of his intended mounts, Southfield Royale, went on to win a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase, later in the day. Harding was back riding and in the winners circle, the following day, at Carlisle.

O’Neill Has One Eye On Gold Cup With More Of That

Castletownroche native and trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, registered another three winners last week, this, taking his seasonal total on to the 60 winner mark. His most significant winner came with the Barry Geraghty ridden, More Of That(1/3f), who scored in the 3 runner, Raymond Mould Novices’ Chase(C2), over 21f, at Cheltenham, on December 12th last. Making his second chase start and bidding to keep his 100% Cheltenham course record intact, this seven-year-old gelded son of Beneficial, looked to enhance his growing reputation as a possible future Gold Cup contender. With just three runners, this contest could have got messy tactically but Geraghty decided to push on with Sametegal for company over the first three fences. Leading outright over the fourth fence, More Of That, jumped economically and looked smart at his fences even if on the wrong stride. Joined again by the persistent Sametegal at the 8th fence, More Of That, wasn’t going to have it all his own way as this race unfolded and it was clear this would be more than just a stroll around Prestbury Park for the former World Hurdle winner. With just three to jump, this race was turned on its head with Sametegal making a serious mistake and Padge slipping on landing and unseating Noel Fehily. Taking swift advantage, More Of That, asserted from then on and despite measuring the final two fences well he had to be kept up to his work before finally making his undoubted class tell halfway up the run-in. Ridden out, this J P McManus owned gelding, stayed on strongly to win by some 13 lengths from the only other finisher, Sametegal, back in second. Recording his 7th win from 8 starts and now 4/4 at Cheltenham, More Of That, has been talked up as a possible Gold Cup horse this season. With last years Gold Cup winner, Coneygree, the first novice to win jump racings most coveted crown since Captain Christy, back in 1974, you can see why connections are thinking this way. While we didn’t learn anything new from this performance, the experience itself will not be lost on More Of That. He has other options like the RSA Chase and coming back in trip for the JLT Chase. Meanwhile, we may not see him again until the festival in March, which would be a real shame. Jonjo O’Neill, winning trainer, said, “More Of That could go either way two and a half miles or three miles, and I’m not being smart. He’s got plenty of pace and although his full-brother was only a two-mile horse he got a trip well too. He could even go for the Gold Cup. Why not? I’ll have to talk to the boys but I wouldn’t be afraid to put him in it. He’s one of those horses who keeps plenty for himself.”
O’Neill went on to record another two winners and they were in date order, Utility(1/1f), who took the 7 runner, Pirelli Blue Shift National Hunt Flat Race(C6), over 15.5f, at Uttoxeter, on December 8th, under Richard Johnson, on racecourse debut and finally O’Neill’s third winner came again with Johnson aboard the J P McManus owned, Suit Yourself(10/3), who won the 9 runner, 188Bet Novices’ Hurdle(C4), over 17f, at Carlisle, on December 13th last.

Lane Sure Can Tango With Southwell Double

Kilworth native and flat jockey, Martin Lane, brought up a Southwell double, on Saturday, December 12th, this, bringing his 2015 total on to the 53 winner mark. His most notable win came aboard the Derek Shaw trained, Shawkantango(9/4f), who took the 13 runner, Unibet H’cap(C6), over 5f. Back into low Class 6 company(0-52), off top-weight, this eight-year-old gelded son of Piccolo, had the services of Lane, back on board this horse, after a nearly five-year absence. Slow to stride and awkward leaving the gate, Shawkantango, was soon well outpaced in rear, as Lane, pushed and shoved his mount for all he was worth as the early pace was set out by Argent Touch. As is his style of running, Shawkantango, slowly reeled in the leaders passing the halfway point and was now sighted picking off horses one by one, as Touch The Clouds took his turn at the head of affairs. Soon on terms, as yet another leader, George Bailey, hit the front over one furlong out, Shawkantango, was soon eating up the sand and hitting the front well inside the final furlong, this Shawthing Racing Partnership owned gelding, ran on stoutly to the line to reward his supporters. Recording his 12th win from 80 starts, Shawkantango, has now notched up 8 wins from 22 starts over this course and distance. Winning his first handicap in two years, he has seen his handicap mark slip from 74 down to 52 and surely he wasn’t winning out of turn. Described by his trainer-breeder, Shaw, as a one-trick pony, Shawkantango, does all his winning between December and April, having never tasted success in the Summer or Autumn. Derek Shaw, winning trainer, said, “There’s been hardly any suitable races here for him since the summer. He’s a one-trick pony and this was his Derby. How long more I go on with him, considering your always relying on just one course, remains to be seen.”
Lane went on to bring up a 67/1 double in the very next race, aboard the John Davies trained, Major Rowan(20/1), who won the 8 runner, 32Red H’cap(C6), over 14f. Recording his second course win, the last of which came over 8f, this David Cox owned and bred four-year-old gelded son of Captain Gerrard, was returning to the track after a four-month break. Also having his first start for Davies, after moving to his Durham base only two months ago, he looked to settle better than in his most recent races and could make up into a jumper in time. Rated only 47 here, he has plenty of headroom on the handicapping scale.

Hearmenow Purrs Under Keniry

Killeagh native and flat jockey, Liam Keniry, recorded his 58th winner of 2015, aboard the Stan Moore trained, Hearmenow(3/1), who went onto take the 9 runner, Unibet Racing Selling Stakes(C6), over 6f, at Lingfield Park, on December 7th last. Back into Selling company, after a close-up second last time out, this two-year-old gelded son of Kodiac, was dropped back to 6f, with cheekpieces reapplied. Well away, with a blind used on stalls entry, Hearmenow, was soon settled into second place, off a solid looking gallop, set by Mustn’t Grumble, who looked to have this field well stretched out passing the halfway point. Switched around the leader to challenge well over three-furlongs out, Hearmenow, was soon upsides Mustn’t Grumble, who looked there for the taking. Joining and passing the leader right on the two-furlong marker, Hearmenow, had race favourite, Burmese Whisper, hot on his heels, as he entered the top of the home straight. Snatching a two length lead over Burmese Whisper off the home turn, Keniry, was soon hard at work and ridden out strongly, his mount was always doing enough to hold off the late attentions of his nearest pursuer. Going on to win by some three-quarters of a length, this, M. Fitzpatrick and Stan Moore owned gelding, broke his maiden tag here, on this, only his sixth start. With all his races coming over the last 9 weeks or so, Hearmenow, looks tough and can only improve with racing. Rated 62, he was bought back in for 4,000gns, after again confirming his superiority over Burmese Whisper, who finished behind him in fourth, at Wolverhampton, last time out.

UK Flat/Jumps 2015 = 463
Ireland = 1
France = 2
Canada = 1

Barry O Neill
15/12/2015
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barryoneill2003@gmail.com

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Week 49: Mon 30 Nov- Sun 6 Dec #50shadesofneighhh for @TheAvondhu Press, Fermoy, Cork

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Week 49: Mon 30 Nov-Sun 6 Dec’15

Another 8 winners to report on from Avondhu area locals based in the UK. Liam Keniry took the honours last week with 3 winners, he was followed closely by Jonjo O’Neill with 2 winners, with Maurice Linehan, Brian Harding and Martin Lane added a winner apiece. This takes our 2015 combined winning total onto the 457 winner mark.

Candyman Cans Second Race In A Row

Killeagh native and flat jockey, Liam Keniry, kept up his recent rich vein of form, riding another three winners in week 49, this, taking his 2015 total on to the 57 winner mark. His highest class win came aboard the Willie Musson trained, Candyman Can(15/8f), who took the 8 runner, 32Red H’cap(C5), at Kempton Park, on December 3rd last. Backing up his recent course win under Keniry and back up in trip to 12f, this five-year-old gelded son of Holy Roman Emperor, was also bidding to defy a rise in class and a penalty. Drawn widest of all, Candyman Can, was well away from the gate and settled into second place off what looked a very slow pace. Passing the winning post with a full circuit to go and Keniry moved alongside the reluctant leader, Shadow Rock, eventually taking over in front and moving on at a slightly increased tempo. Controlling every aspect of this race and literally anchoring Candyman Can in front, Keniry, sat quiet and waited until passing the half mile pole to up the anti. Slowly winding up the tempo, Candyman Can, entered the home straight full of running and ridden fully two furlongs out at the cutaway, this Miss A Jones owned gelding, had all the answers to repel latecomers, who one by one, stacked up behind him. Hanging slightly towards the centre of the track, Candyman Can, stayed on well to win handily in the end by some one and a half lengths from Indira back in second. It was a further head back to hat-trick seeking, Saint Honore, in third. Recording his third win from 17 starts in total, Candyman Can, has come back in great form from a summer break. Carrying top-weight here with a rating of 70, he may now have to go up in class if reassessed above 76. Life will become much harder and he won’t get things his way so easily in future races. Willie Musson, winning trainer, said, “Candyman Can had a setback in the spring and it has taken him a long time to come back. He wears a hood at home every day as he’s a bit quirky but he’s got stronger with age.” Liam Keniry, speaking to The Avondhu, said, “Candyman Can is improving all the time and ought to be able to win again as he only just does enough in front. I think he still has a bit up his sleeve.”
Keniry went on to ride another two winners, both of which were trained by Neil Mulholland. They were in date order, Greek Islands(22/1), who won the 11 runner, Ladbrokes H’cap(C6), over 8.5f, at Wolverhampton, on December 1st and finally, Lions Charge(5/2f), who followed up his recent win at Wolverhampton, again under Keniry, by taking the 13 runner, IseHove H’cap(C6), over 12f, at Kempton, on December 2nd last.

Lithic A Chip Off The Old Block

Castletownroche native and trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, added a further two winners to his ever increasing total in week 49, taking his winning total on to the 57 winner mark. His most notable win came with the Richard Johnson ridden, Lithic(11/4f), who took the 12 runner, Southwell National Hunt Flat Race(C6), over 15.5f, at Southwell, on December 1st last. Making his racecourse debut, this well supported four-year-old gelded son of Westerner, looked fit and ready to do himself justice. Held up in rear early, as the pace was set by Ballypoint, Lithic, settled well, off a steady gallop, while others pulled a bit too hard. Always able to position his mount where he wanted, Johnson, sighted the Dan Skelton ridden, Tommy Rapper, as the main threat and followed him throughout this race. With the field well bunched going out on their final circuit, Ballypoint, increased the tempo slightly entering the back straight as Prince Of Steal joined him up his inside going well. The wheat was now separated from the chaff, as one by one, horses began to fade out of contention. This left just five contenders entering the home turn, each going as well as the other. Three horses stood out, Lithic, Tommy Rapper and Alexander The Grey and they duly strode on with little answers coming from the closers. Early leader, Ballypoint, faded away disappointingly, while up front, both Lithic and Tommy The Rapper, looked set to fight out this finish. Ridden to go about his business, Lithic, picked up nicely for Johnson and soon had the upper hand over Tommy The Rapper. Striding clear, this Jon & Julie Aisbitt owned gelding, had little to concern himself inside the final furlong, going on to win by some five lengths in the end, from Tommy Rapper back in second. It was a further 12 lengths back to Prince Of Steal in third. Bred locally by Declan Dorgan, in Bartlemy, Lithic, is a half-brother to promising bumper winner, Ok Corral, out of a full-sister to the mighty Tidal Bay and he looks a chip off the old block.
O’Neill’s second winner also came with another youngster, in the shape of the Richard Johnson ridden, The Tailgater(5/1), who scored in the 7 runner, Racing UK National Hunt Flat Race(C6), over 15.5f, at Catterick, on December 2nd last. Having his first start for O’Neill and second run in total, this Paul & Clare Rooney owned four-year-old gelded son of Oscar, was a former inmate of Donald McCain, who ironically trained the second, Mo Chailin. Richard Johnson, riding his 21st winner for O’Neill this season, said, “The Tailgater was just a bit green when he got there and he should get nicer and nicer with time.”

Boy Can Mix It With Best

Castletownroche native and jump jockey, Brian Harding, recorded his 21st winner of the season, aboard the Keith Dalgleish trained, Mixboy(9/2), who went onto take the 8 runner, Roflow Air Ambulance H’cap Hurdle(C4), over 17f, at Sedgefield, on December 4th last. Off the track for almost a year and making his handicap hurdle debut, this five-year-old grey gelded son of Fragrant Mix, was also having his first start for the Dalgleish team after transferring from Donald McCain’s yard only last month. Settled into fourth, off a fair pace, set by Irish-trained Mighty Whitey, Mixboy, looked to stay wide of runners, presumably looking for better ground in very testing conditions. With the leader taken on early by the Danny Cook ridden Blake Dean, who seemed to lead himself after jumping the third flight, the pace lifted going out on the final circuit and in a bunching field, Mixboy, was sighted travelling easily under a quiet sitting Harding. Now only a length off the front pair and still travelling widest off all, Mixboy, took closer order as the head-on camera angle showed a field of fanned out runners going down to four out. As Mighty Whitey and Blake Dean succumbed to their early exertions, it was Orchard Road and Jonathan England, who lead over three out, with Harding tanking to his outside in second. With his mount taking him into the lead soon after jumping the third last, Harding sat motionless until entering the top of the home straight, where he let Mixboy stride on down towards two out. Putting daylight between himself and the one closer, Sailors Warn, Mixboy, strode out nicely and popping the last, he just had to be kept up to his job to go on and win handily by some four and a half lengths. Recording his first win, on this, his fifth start, this Paul & Clare Rooney owned gelding, looks very much open to further improvement and winning here off an opening handicap mark of 115, he should be well capable of going in again off a penalty.

Cyrius Looks Serious Prospect Under Linehan

Fermoy native and conditional jump jockey, Maurice Linehan, picked up a spare winning ride, aboard the Ben Pauling trained, Cyrius Moriviere(20/1), who took the 15 runner, Betfred Novices’ Hurdle(C4), over 15.5f, at Huntingdon, on December 6th last. Coming here off a decent run last time out, over course and distance, behind subsequent Sandown winner, O O Seven, this five-year-old gelded son of Vendangeur, was sent to post at very generous odds if that form was taken literally. Jumping off in second place behind early pacesetter, Artiste Du Gouet, Cyrius Moriviere, settled well in Linehan’s hands, off a steady pace which only increased when Instant Karma took over in front after jumping the third of 8 flights of hurdles. Always jumping and travelling well down the far-side, Cyrius Moriviere, jumped his way into the lead between the fourth and third last. With Instant Karma briefly coming upsides, it was clear from this snapshot that Linehan had that rival well and truly covered. In front on landing over three-out, Cyrius Moriviere, looked to be full of running, with only race favourite, Waterlord, going with him entering the top of the home straight. Two to three lengths up over the second last, Cyrius Moriviere, just kept on rolling, leaving Waterlord in his wake approaching the last. Jumping the last three lengths up, Linehan, rode out his mount up the short run-in, going on to win readily in the end by some one and a half lengths. Waterlord did well on hurdles debut back in second. With the front two clear, it was a further 10 lengths back to Midnight Cowboy in third. Recording his first win, on this, only his fourth start, this Pillar P Partnership owned gelding, looks a hugely progressive horse and his frame suggests he will only get better with time. Another former Donald McCain trained inmate, the third mentioned in this column alone, Cyrius Moriviere, benefited from a positive Linehan ride and appreciated this drop back in trip. Linehan was riding his 5th winner of the season and second for former Nicky Henderson assistant, Pauling, who looks a real trainer of note and whose runners are worth a second glance.
Maurice Linehan, speaking to The Avondhu, said, “Cyrius Moriviere is a nice horse that looks to have a bright future. I’m really looking forward to him stepping up in grade.”

Equleus Rocks & Rolls Under Lane

Kilworth native and flat jockey, Martin Lane, added a further winner to his 2015 total, which now stands at 51. His win came aboard the Jeremy Gask trained, Equleus(7/1), who went on to take the 14 runner, IseHove H’cap(C6), over 8f, at Kempton, on November 30th last. Still looking for that elusive first win and in first time cheekpieces, this three-year-old gelded son of Equiano, was also dropped back in trip having been tried at various distances from 6f to 10f. Drawn 2 on the inside, Equleus, was slow to stride and settled in about 5th position off an early contested lead which eventually resulted in Exalted bagging the front posse and setting a sensible pace. Keen going towards the inside, Equleus, looked to always travel well and although losing a couple of places before the halfway point he always had good track position as the field passed the three-furlong marker and entered the home straight. Ridden towards the cutaway two out and with a huge gap appearing in front of him, Equleus, soon reeled in the leaders which now included Dandys Perier who just headed long time leader, Exalted, before the one pole. Hitting the front virtually on the one pole, Lane, got busy in the saddle and his mount responded generously to pressure, staying on strongly, to win going away, by some one and a half lengths, from Dandys Perier back in second. It was a further half a length back to late closer, Choral Clan in third. Recording his first win and looking to excel at this trip, this Rock & Rollers owned gelding, was winning here off a mark of 58 having dropped 7lbs from 65 since his opening handicap run. He’s lightly raced and should be open to further improvement.

Mondialiste Set Fair For G1 Hong Kong Mile

In other news, Fermoy native and trainer, David O’Meara, can look forward to running Mondialiste, in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile, at Sha Tin, on this Sunday, December 13th. The race off-time is 7.50 which I presume is our time early Sunday morning and after two cancelled flights, Mondialiste and his travelling head lad, Fearghal Davies, touched down in Hong Kong, early last Monday. He travelled well and all seems to have gone to plan. We wish all concerned the very best of luck.

UK Flat/Jumps 2015 = 453
Ireland = 1
France = 2
Canada = 1

Barry O Neill
08/12/2015
@racehorsesrace1(Twitter)
barryoneill2003@gmail.com

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Week 48: Mon 23 Nov- Sun 29 Nov #50shadesofneighhh for @TheAvondhu Press, Fermoy, Cork

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Week 48: Mon 23 Nov-Sun 29 Nov’15

Another 11 winners combined for Avondhu area locals based in the UK. Martin Lane took the honours last week with four winners, followed by two winners apiece from Jonjo O’Neill and Liam Keniry and a winner each for Richie McLernon, Brian Harding and David O’Meara. Our combined 2015 winners total now stands at 449.

Lane Hits 50 While Medicean Hits 500

Kilworth native and flat jockey, Martin Lane, brought up his half-century of domestic winners in no uncertain fashion, with four successes last week, the highlight of which came aboard the Jeremy Gask trained, Medicean Man(10/1), who went on to take the 12 runner, Tote H’cap(C2), over 5f, at Chelmsford, on November 23rd last. Dropped back into handicap company for the first time since February this year, this 9-year-old gelded son of Medicean, was also having his first spin around this track, with Lane hoping for an end-to-end gallop. This gallop seemed assured from the outset, as the trailblazer, Come On Dave, set out to make all, as Lane and Medicean Man dropped out in rear up the inside of runners. Taken on and passed for the lead, by Secret Missile, at the three pole, Come On Dave, found himself back in front rounding the home turn, as this field congregated up the centre of the track on straightening up for home. With a line of horses queueing up to challenge on the front end, Medicean Man, found a huge gap up the inside and stoked up by Lane, he was sighted reeling in the leaders passing the one marker. Getting on top with well over half a furlong to go, this Stuart & Kate Dobb owned gelding, fairly flew home to stamp his authority on this race right where it mattered most. Winning readily in the end, Medicean Man, had too much class for his rivals here, putting one length between himself and the second, Brother Tiger. It was a further half a length back to Dynamo Walt, in third. Winning off a mark of 102 here, which ensured he carried top-weight, Medicean Man, is a credit to all concerned and with £29,000 up for grabs here, he has now broken through the £500,000 prize money barrier. Winning his 12th race, on this, his 64th start, he will now possibly return to Dubai this winter, where he has been successful three times in the past, the last win coming with Lane aboard. Breaking the track record here and showing how effective he still can be off a solid gallop, Medicean Man, hasn’t been rated below 101 since July 2011 and must be a dream horse to own and train. Jeremy Gask, winning trainer, said, “I would think that Medicean Man will go to Dubai after that. He’s won out there in the past and doesn’t winter very well here. He was pretty hairy today.” Lane will again be riding in Dubai this winter and will out to warmer climbs after Christmas. Martin Lane, speaking to The Avondhu, said, “He was the class horse in this field and only just missed out on a Group 1 win this summer, showing clearly his ability isn’t fading. He’s not the most consistent type and usually does best in the sunshine. He turned up today and thankfully did it all in a very straightforward manner.”
Lane went on to ride a further three winners and they were in date order, Show Me Again(7/1), who was the first leg of a Monday double for Lane at Chelmsford, when taking the 7 runner, Tote Nursery H’cap(C4), over 8f, on November 23rd, for trainer David Dennis. Lane kept his love for Chelmsford alive with another winner, aboard the Ralph Beckett trained, Crowning Glory(11/1), who scored her first win, in the 10 runner, Tote Maiden Fillies’ Stakes(C4), over 7f, on November 26th and finally Lane, finished off the week nicely with a Wolverhampton winner, aboard the Charlie Appleby trained, Sparring(2/1), who took the 8 runner, Coral H’cap(C3), over 12f, on November 28th last.

Back On Song And Options Aplenty

Liscarroll native and jump jockey, Richie McLernon, teamed up with fellow Avondhu and Castletownroche native, Jonjo O’Neill, aboard I’dliketheoption(10/1), when taking the 6 runner, Betdaq H’cap Hurdle(C3), over 16.5f, at Doncaster, on November 28th last. Coming here off the back of a disappointing run on handicap debut, last time out, at Ascot, this, four-year-old gelded son of Presenting, was looking to make amends, up in grade, but back down almost three furlongs in trip. With tongue tie retained, I’dliketheoption, was settled in rear off a steady early pace set by race favourite, Zulu Oscar, who seemed committed to controlling this race from the front. Jumping well and always taking the shortest route around, I’dliketheoption, travelled nicely into this race as the pace finally began to lift over four out. The runners entered the top of the home straight with one less runner, as Bobs Lady Tamure pulled up, as if amiss, after jumping the fourth last. Still bounding along in front, Zulu Oscar, began to wind it up, as Double W’s came there full of running upsides over three out. Meanwhile, McLernon and I’dliketheoption tagged onto the heels of the front pair running down to two out, where Zulu Oscar again began to assert in front. An awkward jump over the second last saw Double W’s all but scupper his chances and this race was left as a match-up between Zulu Oscar and I’dliketheoption. Coming to challenge under a strong ride approaching the last, I’dliketheoption, got to within a neck of Zulu Oscar, only for the latter to come crashing down over the last. Left with a clear and unassailable lead, this J P McManus owned gelding, was eased down for a 12 length win from Double W’s, back in second. It’s always good to have luck on your side and it would have been a close run thing if the favourite stood up. He definitely didn’t deserve to go out like that, but all was well, as Zulu Oscar rose to feet unscathed. Recording his third win from just six starts, I’dliketheoption, benefited from a drop back in trip and should go on from this. He has plenty of time on his side and will make a fine chaser down the line. McLernon was riding his 20th winner of the season.
O’Neill went onto record another winner with the Richard Johnson ridden, Spookydooky(9/1), who scored on handicap chase debut, when taking the 12 runner, Bet365 Novices’ H’cap Chase(C3), over 22.5f, at Newbury, on November 26th last. Having only his second chase start under rules, this former Kilworth point-to-point winner, just got the better of a tight finish, winning by a head, from the Paul Nicholls trained, Warrior’s Tale. O’Neill was recording his 55th winner of the season with Johnson riding 19 of those winners from 60 rides.

Keniry’s Got A Real Buddy In Sheila

Killeagh native and flat jockey, Liam Keniry, registered another two winners in week 48, this, taking his 2015 winning total on to the 54 winner mark. His most notable win came aboard the Stan Moore trained, Sheila’s Buddy(8/1), who went on to take the 10 runner, Coral H’cap(C5), over 9.5f, at Wolverhampton, on November 27th last. Back on a favoured surface and dropped significantly in class, this six-year-old gelded son of Reel Buddy, was bidding to get back to winning ways, after last tasting success off the same mark of 75, back in July 2014. Drawn widest of all in 10, Sheila’s Buddy, was well away and dropped in rear early, as a contested lead developed between Mr Frankie and Comanche Chieftain. With the pace relentless, as the front pair strung out the field after some three furlongs, Keniry took closer order in 7th, always travelling well within himself, some seven lengths off the leaders. With target stamped on the front pairs backs, it was Mr Frankie who first cracked, as Comanche Chieftain took the lead outright, well over half a mile from home. Comanche Chieftain had no sooner taken the lead when the field closed right up, with race favourite, Monolito, catching the eye, cruising around runners entering the home turn. With Comanche Chieftain taken out by Monolito at the top of the home straight, it was Keniry and Sheila’s Buddy who now filled the eye. Brought widest to challenge well over one furlong out, Sheila’s Buddy, came alongside Monolito just outside the one pole and ridden out, he duly put daylight between himself and the closers, going on to win in the end by one and three-quarter lengths from Karnage back in second. It was a further three and three-quarter lengths back to Dolphin Village in third. Recording his sixth win in total, with Keniry aboard on five of those occasions, this Ray Styles owned gelding, has dropped back to a mark of 75, this, just inside the class 5 company cut off point. His record in class 5 races reads 5/14 and he is always worth noting dropped to this grade on a synthetic surface. If anything he was well over-priced on this stat alone, being 1/37 in class 4 races or higher.
Keniry’s second winner also came at Wolverhampton, on Saturday, November 28th, aboard the Tom Dascombe trained, Mr Christopher(3/1), who recorded his first win, on this, his 9th start, by taking the 12 runner, Ladbrokes H’cap(C6), over 7f.

Big Mac N Cheese Churns Out Easy Win

Castletownroche native and jump jockey, Brian Harding, recorded his 20th winner of the season, aboard the Rose Dobbin trained, Mac N Cheese(15/2), who scored in the 11 runner, Boxing Day Tickets H’cap Hurdle(C4), over 19.5f, at Wetherby, on November 25th last. Coming here off some disappointing runs, this, five-year-old gelded son of Milan, had seen an opening handicap mark of 95 drop to 89 and with prevailing ground conditions testing it was hoped that this would bring about some improvement. With the keen going Diamond D’Amour making this a real test for conditions, Harding, again bided his time in mid-division and didn’t make any significant headway until closing in on the leaders going down over the fifth flight of hurdles. Travelling supremely easily and looking to revel in conditions, Mac N Cheese, moved effortlessly into second place just off Diamond D’Amour going to three out. Coming alongside the leader and produced with perfection by Harding, Mac N Cheese, strolled into the lead approaching the last with Diamond D’Amour now paying for his early reluctance to settle. Driven out, this Richard & Katherine Gilbert owned gelded, had all the answers for Harding, going on to win by 8 lengths in the end from Diamond D’Amour back in second. It was a massive 29 lengths back to Peterpanopirateman in third. A first win for this nice looking son of Milan, whose full-brother, Milborough, won last year’s Eider Chase and it’s plain to see that he is a long-term project for connections. He will no doubt struggle to be rated below 100 after this win and chasing looks his game in the coming seasons. Richard Gilbert, winning co-owner, went on to say, “Mac N Cheese is one for the future and won’t run many more times this season. He seemed to love this heavy ground and his full-brother won last year’s Eider, so staying chases will be his game next year.”

Hazel Gives In Running Boys The Blues

Fermoy native and trainer, David O’Meara, recorded his 121st winner of 2015, with the Josh Doyle(7) ridden, Hazel Blue(3/1f), who won the 12 runner, Coral H’cap(C6), over 9.5f, at Wolverhampton, on November 28th last. Having only her second start for O’Meara and stepped up significantly in distance compared to her 6f run last time out, this, four-year-old Kodiac filly, looked well at home on a polytrack surface, having won her only previous race, at Dundalk, back in July 2014. Well away from a wide draw in ten, Hazel Blue, was eventually tucked in towards the outside of runners, as the keen going, Overrider, pulled his way to the front, under Oisin Murphy. With a solid looking pace on show, Overrider, took no prisoners, as Doyle found himself with only one horse behind him on passing the halfway point. Always sighted travelling well, Hazel Blue, was going to need luck in running and an out, as the leaders bombed towards the final bend. With Les Gar Gan edging left and doing Overrider no favours on hitting the front at the top of the home straight, Hazel Blue, was switched around runners, to the outside, by Doyle. Coming widest of all and with Quite Sparky now in front, Hazel Blue, began to inhale this field along with fellow closer Elle Rebelle. With both horses bearing down on the line, it looked for all as if Elle Rebelle had timed her run to perfection, only for Doyle and Hazel Blue to nail her right on the line. With a whisker between the two and the course commentator calling Elle Rebelle the winner on first crossing, this outcome was left to the judge, who, after due care and pixel magnification, called Hazel Blue the winner by a nose. It was a further one and a half lengths back to Quite Sparky in third. With the second horse trading at 1.01(1/100) in running, the fast pictures boys got their fingers burnt in what turned out to be a roller-coaster race of changing fortune. Recording her second win and possibly the lowest rated horse in O’Meara’s yard at 46, Hazel Blue, has plenty of room to improve. She was the third Avondhu winner on the night at Wolverhampton following on winners from Martin Lane and Liam Keniry earlier on the card.

UK Flat/Jumps 2015 = 445
Ireland = 1
France = 2
Canada = 1

Barry O Neill
01/12/2015
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barryoneill2003@gmail.com

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