They don’t call it lovely Lingstown just for the view as today’s conditions of dry, bright winter sunshine and excellent ground conditions, the latter testimony to a week of watering and spiking the ground, proved to a large attendance and a seven-race card.
Veteran rider Benny Walsh from Cleariestown showed his ability over the famous Lingstown banks when guiding No Hidden Charges to a commanding six lengths victory in the Open Lightweight Race.
Trained at Camolin by John Paul Brennan for his wife, Marie, No Hidden Charges was a winner at Tinahely last Sunday and the five year old took to the banks with relish after a schooling session at Coolboy during the week.
The maiden race for four year olds was divided and Gorey’s Luke Murphy got home on Chazza by five lengths for Colin Motherway and the Sunny South Syndicate from Youghal in the first division.
The second division went to Meath owner and trainer Virginia Considine and Shiskan, who won by eight lengths and was the first leg of a double for Kiltealy rider Rob James.
James had his second winner in the Winners of Two for Kildare trainer Peter Flood on Star Wizard, who did the job well and had a three and a half lengths advantage on the finish line. This brings James onto the 13-winner mark for the season and he is just one behind Barry O’Neill who came in as runner-up on Vincent Halley’s Blue Morpho.
The Moore family from Kilmore Quay were in celebration mood after Win My Wings scored by two lengths in the maiden race for five year old mares.
It was a first winner for Conor Moore, (22), and his father and trainer, Denis Moore, said; “She dug deep. She is a good mare and will be going to the sales.”
The maiden race for five year old geldings went to Clonmel and an impressive performance by John Nallen’s Minella Royale, having his first run, and a 15 lengths success for his young rider, Brian Lawless from Wicklow.
The final race, a maiden contest, went to the seven year old bay mare Kilbree Shadow, owned and trained by James Collender from west Waterford and ridden by Tom Feeney. She won by ten lengths.