Captain puts it together to justify favouritism

Captain puts it together to justify favouritism

Captain Power wins under Robbie Downey Favourite Captain Power justified his market position in the Dublin’s Q102 Handicap under Robbie Downey at Fairyhouse. Palavicini Run was well-fancied and the 7/2 shot gave 9/4 ‘jolly’ Captain Power most to do. However the latter came out of top by three parts of a length. “It’s good to get. Punters are sharper than me as I thought he was bad value at 5/2 favourite,” said winning trainer Eddie Lynam. “He’s been a bit of a bookmakers friend the last few times. I suppose he’s a bookmakers friend today as he (the Powers) owns him! “Robbie gave him a very good ride. He’s not simple and we took the hood off today. He’s always been a highly strung individual and wore the hood for a reason. “We took it off him because he was nearly doing the job too well. When you were pressing button A you were getting button B. “He battled it out well today and seems to like going around a bend. He’s won twice here and twice at Leopardstown. “It panned out well and we’ll try and find another handicap for him. He wins one or two a year. Last year he won two and they took one off me. “We’ll try and win two again this year. People tell me he’ll get seven but I’m not so sure.” (GC & EM)
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Magic Sunday for Murphy

Olly Murphy with former boss Gordon Elliott ©Healy Racing Photos Olly Murphy continued the flying start he has made to his training career with an across-the-card four-timer on Sunday. The 25-year-old, who spent fours years as assistant to Gordon Elliott, struck gold with his very first runner when Dove Mountain won at Brighton at the start of the month and he has made several visits to the winner’s enclosure since. Murphy watched on from Stratford as 6-4 joint-favourite Knight Commander landed the opening Racing Partnership TRP Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot under champion jockey Richard Johnson. He then enjoyed a hat-trick in Warwickshire as Cliffside Park (11-8) landed the Touch FM Selling Hurdle, Skilled (11-8 favourite) won the Ardencote Novices’ Handicap Chase and 10-1 shot Mizen Master drew clear in the Debenhams Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. Speaking before Mizen Master’s success, Murphy told Racing UK: “It’s magic, fairytale stuff. “I can’t put it into words. It’s been a magic start and I just want to keep moving forward. “I worked for a hungry man and I’m hungry myself.”
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Prescott makes plans for his top horses

Marsha seen here winning at Dundalk ©Healy Racing Photos Sir Mark Prescott has not yet firmed up future plans for Marsha following her narrow defeat in Ireland last weekend. Last season’s Prix de l’Abbaye heroine made a flying start to the current campaign by landing the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and she ran a fine race to finish third in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot. She was the odds-on favourite to regain winning ways in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh, but was beaten a short-head by fellow British challenger Caspian Prince after a thrilling tussle. Marsha holds entries in the Qatar King George Stakes at Goodwood on August 4 and the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York on August 25. Prescott said: “We were disappointed to be beaten, but she only had 5lb in hand on the ratings. “The race didn’t quite go according to plan and she was beaten a short head, that’s life. “She’s come out of it fine and I would imagine she’ll go to Goodwood and/or York.” The master of Heath House has two horses engaged in the Qatar Goodwood Cup, but seems unlikely to be represented. Pallasator, runner-up to Big Orange in last year’s renewal, has not been seen in competitive action since May having reportedly endured a spell on the doldrums. St Michel, a close-up third in the Belmont Gold Cup in New York in early June, is set to be prepared for another journey across the globe. “St Michel won’t run in the Goodwood Cup and Pallasator probably won’t make it,” Prescott added. “Pallasator was a little bit dull and not himself after his last run. He’s back in work now, but I would say it’s probably 60-40 against that he’ll run at Goodwood. “St Michel is heading for the Melbourne Cup and he’ll probably have one run somewhere before he goes. “He’d get in the race (Melbourne Cup) in most years (with his rating). If he doesn’t he’ll run in one of the other big races down there.”
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Spieth’s intangibles are beyond comparison

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Jack backed and delivers

Jack backed and delivers

The Denis Hogan ridden Jack The Wire leads from Magnetic Force ©Healy Racing Photos Once the market indicated a fancy for handicap chase debutant Jack The Wire he was going to be hard to beat off a 168 day break in race four at Tipperary. So it turned out for the 9/4 favourite in the Packie Downey Memorial Handicap Chase. The Scorpion gelding, trained and ridden by Denis Hogan, and also owned by the family, beat Magnetic Force more easily than the two and three parts of a length margin would suggest. “I was a bit anxious early on as he got under the first two fences and he was very rusty,” said Hogan.  “It was his first handicap chase and they went hell for leather, for the grade, the whole way, and I was on my head and didn’t travel for the first circuit. “The last three were the only three he jumped and that should put him right. Just his class got him through. “He’s in a tricky place at Galway as there are only three handicap chases and maybe the one on the Sunday might be for him.” N.P. Madden, rider of Shake The Bucket trained by Niall Madden, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount did not travel as well as usual and may need a longer trip. P. Townend, rider of She’s Everything trained by S.J.Mahon, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled and jumped badly throughout. C.D. Maxwell, rider of Banker Burke trained by J.Larkin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount cut out very quickly going down the back straight. (TW & EM)
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Newcomer Minstrel beats boys in winners

Kala Minstrel and Lisa O’Neill ©Healy Racing Photos She was getting the allowances alright, but we still witnessed a very smart performance from Kala Minstrel on debut in the Jim Ryan Racecourse Services INH Flat Race at Tipperary. Tentatively priced up by the layers early on, the Kalanisi mare was easy to back and she went off at a price of 14/1. Lisa O’Neill rode the five-year-old for her boss, Gordon Elliott, and inside the last the only mare in the line-up got the better of favourite Fabulous Saga by two lengths. Just over ten lengths separated the first five home — and three of these were previous winners. By any barometer then, this was a great start for the William Flood-bred Kala Minstrel. (TW & EM)
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Hamilton: Home crowd spurred me on to pole

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Round 4 Open grades — Spieth not the only A at Birkdale

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Power to spearhead O'Callaghan racing club

Power to spearhead O’Callaghan racing club

I Am Power ©Healy Racing Photos Michael O’Callaghan today announced that impressive Navan winner I Am Power has joined his recently formed racing club. The Curragh handler currently has eight horses for the Michael O’Callaghan Racing Club and the exciting two-year-old is now set to “spearhead” the team. The son of Power made a big impression when scoring on his debut at Navan last week and has an entry in the Grade 1 Phoenix Stakes. “He’s a lovely horse and very exciting. He’s going to go to the Curragh on the Monday after Galway for a winners race and hopefully then on to the Phoenix Stakes,” said O’Callaghan.
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De Bromhead and Smullen combine for a win

Under Pat Smullen Daybreak Boy (left) holds off Fiesole ©Healy Racing Photos Daybreak Boy had to survive a steward’s enquiry before being confirmed the winner of the concluding www.fairyhouse.ie Rated Race. Black Ruby put it up to her rivals from some way out in this mile and a half event. Under Pat Smullen the Henry de Bromhead-trainedDaybreak Boy bridged the gap a furlong out. However he then drifted left before holding on from the staying on pair, Fiesole and San Remo, by half a length and three parts of a length. “He’s a tough horse and galloped all the way to the line,” said Smullen. “He showed a lot of immaturity and inexperience over the last furlong. He was very green with me and hung left. “I was dictating it lovely and Colm (O’Donoghue on Black Ruby) went by me. It was a strange race to ride in after that. Obviously the filly was doing a bit too much under Colm but yet you don’t want to let her too far away from you. “It was a good performance by a horse with limited experience and I think there is a lot of improvement in him.” The Stewards enquired into possible interference in the closing stages involving Daybreak Boy, ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed first and Fiesole (GB), ridden by R. Coakley placed second. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards made no alteration to the Judge’s placings and took no further action. (GC & EM)
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Tipp or the Tyros for Monkeylou

Mokeylou wins at Listowel under Pat Smullen ©Healy Racing Photos Gordon Elliott’s exciting Monkeylou has two options for his next outing. The Dream Ahead colt created a good impression when winning over six and a half furlongs on his debut at Listowel in June. He holds an entry in the Group One National Stakes and connections will test the water at a slightly lower level before aiming so high. “All is good with him and he’s got two options,” said owner Nick Bradley. “He’ll either run in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown or go to Tipperary for a Listed race on the 11th (August) over seven and a half furlongs. “He needs a step up in trip, that’s what he wants, but he’s going well at home.”
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Preview ballinrobe 24th Jul

Preview ballinrobe 24th Jul

A big pot is up for grabs in the Win Big With Tote Handicap, the feature race at Ballinrobe on Monday evening. Palmone bids for a double after a victory over this course and distance 27 days ago and Michael Flannery’s charge may not be halted by a 5lb rise for that effort. The dangers look to be Vastonea, a Kevin Prendergast inmate who is expected to strip fitter for his reappearance at Navan earlier in the month, and Mick Halford’s Castle Guest, who is slipping back down the ratings. Racing gets underway at 5.35 with the Tote Claiming Race, in which Six Silver Lane attempts to follow up his recent victory in this grade at Dundalk. The Joseph O’Brien-trained Thomas O’Malley has experience on his side in the Win Big With Tote Maiden and should appreciate the drop back to 10 furlongs, although Winston Wolfe is a big player on the back of a neck second at Dundalk. O’Brien also has good claims with Detailed in the Tote Handicap as the son of Motivator looks to build on an encouraging second at Hamilton, while his handler tries High Tide on the Flat for the first time in the Win Big With Tote Maiden having landed a bumper in March. However, the latter has High Haven to contend with and Willie Mullins’ four-year-old has run well in second on both starts to date, including when beaten a nose over this track and trip last time out. Usa will have to defy top weight if he’s to land the Tote Apprentice Handicap but Stephen Mahon’s veteran does arrive on the back of two good efforts at this venue. He will need to be on top of his game, though, if he’s to successfully concede weight to the likes of Tony Martin’s Dara Tango and the Gordon Elliott-trained High Expectations, who scored at Ayr on his penultimate outing. Jim Bolger could get on the scoresheet when his recent Roscommon winner Slaney Street aims for a follow up in the Tote Handicap.
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Bhutan’s a name to remember

Grey horse Bhutan with Jody McGarvey up ©Healy Racing Photos Twenty minutes before Boragh Steps’ win for the stable at Fairyhouse, Joseph O’Brien started the day on the right note with J P McManus’ well-backed odds-on chance Bhutan taking the Walter Hennessy Auctioneer, Valuer and Estate Agent MIPAV TRV Maiden Hurdle at Tipperary. Jody McGarvey did the steering on Bhutan, and the 4/5 shot accounted for Born To Size by three and three parts of a length. “He is a nice horse and has a big engine and hopefully he will progress with racing, as it’s only his third run ever,” said O’Brien. “He is still green but came back on the bridle coming to the second last. He does have to do some things a little bit better but the raw material is there. It wasn’t a brilliant race but I thought he went to the line very very well. “Maybe the four year old novice hurdle at Galway on Monday week might come too soon for him but we’ll see how he comes out of it. I’ve nothing off the top of my head planned for him but he’ll stay hurdling and aim nice and low.” The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Petit Chef (FR), trained by A.J.Martin, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be lame on his left foreleg post race. The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Super Bowl (FR), trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. (TW & EM)
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Boragh Steps forward nicely to score

Donnacha O’Brien ©Healy Racing Photos By Gary Carson Boragh Steps justified her short price with a straight forward win in the median auction maiden at Fairyhouse. Donnacha O’Brien was soon in front on the 4/5 favourite and she looked in control in the closing stages. Solar Wave gave chase down the straight but could only get within a length of the Joseph O’Brien-trained filly. The winner had shaped with promise when third to Dawn Delivers in a hot looking Curragh maiden on her debut last week. “She had a good run the first day and if she reproduced that she was entitled to win and she did thank God,” said Donnacha O’Brien. “She came out of the Curragh well and it was a perfect race for her. It probably weaker than some maidens but it slotted in lovely. “She travelled strongly, she’d probably be a bit keen over seven but over six she’s fine. When someone came to me she went on again and she quickened up nicely.”
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Chris Coleman targets four wins as Wales chase World Cup qualification

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