3rd September 2020 - Page 71



HORSEWEEK
By Shaun O’Dea
S
I LV E R B R I D G E
based
father
and son duo,
Sean and Noel
M c P a r l a n ,
supplied a local victory
albeit a 50/1 shock
winner, with ‘Walker’s
Point’, which last won
on the track in 2015.
The geldings maiden
hurdle produced a fourway nish after the
local horse had led in
the closing stages with
favourite, ‘Ya Ya Boy’
coming from a long way
back to be denied by a
half-length and ‘Felino
De Bersy’ just a neck
behind in third, with
‘Jack Hackett’ another
neck in arrears in fourth.
McParlan Senior said:
“It was a surprise! The
day he ran in Wexford,
he looked like he was
going to win by 20
lengths and he just got
collared. Coming down
the hill (today), the boys
were all saying ‘he’ll stop
before he hits the line’.
He pulled it out there
and I’m delighted for the
owner. He travels so well
and nds nothing, but he
kept at it and we were
lucky enough today. We
were delighted to get
that over us today! We’ll
talk about that (future
plans) later!”
The
Ballyclare
trained, ‘Will You Walk
With Me’ (40s to 10/1)
attempted to make all
in the rst division of
the Toals Hurdle before
nishing fourth, but
it was another local
runner, ‘James Boru’
(16s to 13/2), which was
produced in the closing
stages to prevail. A dual
point to point winner for
Draperstown
handler,
Noel Kelly who won the
FARMWEEK
JULY 23 2020
71
Local successes as racing
resumes at Downpatrick
LOCAL VICTORY: ‘Walkers Point’ [Noel McParlan]
led at the final flight in the handicap hurdle at
Downpatrick, as ‘Jack Hackett’ made a mistake
[finished fourth], to supply a local victory.
(FW30-564SO)
same race last year and
partnered by Conor Orr
was held up for most of
the race before asserting
on the run in.
Kelly
said:
“We
changed tactics today.
I’ve a new assistant,
Danny
Fitzsimmons,
and he said to drop
him in and let him pass
horses and it worked.
The last few times he got
there too early. I always
thought there was more
to come after he won his
points. He just has a wee
bit of attitude.”
Trainer,
Joseph
O’Brien
sent
out
‘Etincelle Lioterie’ to
land the opener on
the
resumption
of
racing at Downpatrick.
The winner, under an
enterprising ride from
JJ Slevin, made all
benetting from his
BUMPER: ‘Curlew Hill’ [Jamie Codd] supplied Gordon
Elliott, leading trainer at the course, with a four-timer
in the concluding bumper at Downpatrick.
(FW30-568SO)
slick jumping to justify
favouritism.
Slevin said: “It was a
nice bit of placing by
Joseph. I was very happy
with her today – we put
cheek pieces on and
were always wanting to
make plenty of use of her
in the race. She was a bit
slow over the hurdles
last time (Killarney) –
we thought they would
help. She got into a nice
rhythm and handled the
track well.”
‘Insane
Bolt’
and
favourite,
‘Kilmurray’
(7/2-2/1) dominated the
nish of the handicap
hurdle, sponsored by
Crumlin-based Randox,
sponsor of the Aintree
Grand National. The
Gordon Elliott trained
rst
named
saw
Davy Russell to good
advantage – the pair
jumping the nal ight
together and after a
hard fought battle and
steward’s
enquiry,
‘Insane
Bolt’
was
conrmed the winner.
The locally trained ‘So
Near So Farhh’ ran on
strongly from a long way
back to nish a close
third.
Elliott
and
former
champion
jockey,
Russell quickly doubled
up in the long distance
hurdle when rst time
blinkers saw ‘Soldier’s
Hill’ prove a very easy
winner and owned by
the stable’s sponsor –
the Foran family. The
winner ran a close fth
for most prior to leading
before the nal ight and
going clear.
Russell said: “He was
a course winner here,
which is a big plus. He
had plenty of experience
and put it to good use.
Round here you need
to be on the bridle and
the blinkers denitely
helped.”
The Elliott and Russell
partnership completed
a hat trick on the day,
when British import
‘Give Him Time’ opened
his account over hurdles
in the second division
of the Toals Hurdle.
The winner travelled
ominously well to lead at
the last, where favourite
‘Miraculum’ made a
mistake and the locally
trained ‘I’m On A Snap’,
which had attempted
to make all, faded to
nish third. Assistant
trainer,
Ian
‘Busty’
Amond, said: “Gordon
owns him, so he will be
for sale. He’ll make a
nice dual purpose horse
during the summer for
someone.”
Russell added: “Gordon
lled me with condence
and told me he had
turned a corner at home
and was in great nick.”
Elliott,
leading
trainer at the venue,
consolidated his status
when ‘Curlew Hill’, with
champion
amateur
Jamie Codd aboard,
made a winning debut in
the bumper to provide a
four-timer for the trainer
and provide the trainer’s
sponsor, the Forans,
with a double. Assistant
trainer, Ian Amond said:
“Another
great
day
with four winners. He
is probably like a lot of
ours - he has come on
again from his rst run.
I don’t know whether
he will go for a winners’
bumper; he might go
over hurdles with him.
It’s a nice double for the
yard sponsors (Noel and
Valerie Moran, who also
own ‘Soldiers Hill’). It’s a
great day for everyone.”
SUCCESS: Right, Former
champion, Davy Russell,
delivered ‘Insane Bolt’
[nearest]
to score at
Downpatrick.
(FW30-566SO)
OPENER: ‘Etincelle Lioterie’ [JJ Slevin] won the opener at
Downpatrick on the resumption of racing in the province.
(FW30-569SO)
Autumn point to point fixture list revealed
By Shaun O’Dea
A total of 36 point to point meetings have just been
detailed for the autumn season in Ireland. The Laytown
meeting on the beach scheduled for September 1 has
been cancelled due to the virus pandemic and it remains
to be seen if the policing of point to points is practical, in
view of the extensive strict protocols in places - Laytown
being a similar venue to point to point fixtures.
FIXTURES
The Ulster meetings are:
Fermanagh at Necarne - Saturday, September 26; Mid
Antrim at Broughshane - October 4; Iveagh at Moira October 10; Route at Portrush - Saturday, October 17;
East Antrim at Loughanmore - October 24; County Down
at Loughbrickland - Saturday, November 14 and North
Down at Kirkistown - Saturday, November 21.
Dr. Jennifer Pugh, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer, said:
“While there remains a degree of uncertainty surrounding
the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic worldwide, I am
confident that we will be able to hold Point to Point
fixtures as scheduled under our (Irish) Government’s
guidelines.
“Our sport lends itself to the principles of social
distancing, being a non-contact sport, staged outdoors
and on large sites. I look forward to working with my
colleagues in the IHRB on various protocols to assist Hunt
Committees in ensuring the safe return of our sport.”
CANCELLATION
The Dowth Hall point to point, scheduled for Sunday,
October 25 was cancelled on Monday, with organisers
issuing a statement saying: “The Point-to-Point and
County Fair at Dowth is a community event and the
current requirement to run behind closed doors would
have curtailed it to a racing only affair.
“However, we do not know definitively whether these
restrictions on spectators will remain in place by the
autumn. Accordingly, we have taken the decision not to
proceed with the Point-To-Point and Country Fair at Dowth
this year. This was a difficult decision for us to make,
but an event of this scale takes months of preparation
and planning for our organising committee, sponsors and
vendors.”
WINNERS ENCLOSURE: ‘James Boru’ [Conor Orr],
pictured in winners enclosure with trainer, Noel Kelly
at back, after a second local success on the day at
Downpatrick. (FW30-565SO)
TREBLE: Davy Russell completed a treble at
Downpatrick aboard, ‘Give Him Time’ [near side].
(FW30-567SO)

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