It is popular to say that the day of the small handler is in the past, but there was an amazing outcome to the maiden race for five year old mares at Borris House today when Proper Ticket held on gamely to the line to win by a short-head.
The five year old mare by Gold Well is the only horse in training with Robert McCabe at Corbally, Enniscorthy, who owns, trains and lead up the mare who showed promise when finishing second at Ballinaboola a month ago.
McCabe was delighted with his success and gave great credit to Enniscorthy jockey Aaron Sinnott who rides her out and assisted in her preparation for the race. She will go to the sales.
Luke Murphy put two on the board. He was aboard Lucky Flight for Ellen Doyle, Monageer, in the first division of the maiden race for four year olds, winning by ‘a distance’ with only three of the eight runners still going at the finish.
Incidentally, Ellen Doyle had a double on the afternoon as first timer On The Short List came home five lengths to the good under Barry Stone, Cleariestown, in the maiden race for four year old geldings.
Luke Murphy took the second division on Vinnie’s Getaway for Denis Murphy’s Ballyboy Stables. He was lucky to be left in front when two ahead of him departed at the final fence and the margin was three lengths.
Only three finished again. There was a high percentage of fallers on the day which was believed to be a combination of fast ground and speed!
The maiden race for four year old mares was a six lengths victory for Outonpatrol for Sean Doyle and the Monbeg Partnership and ridden by Jamie Scallan, Tomhaggard.
Barry O’Neill clocked up his 500th career winner on Definite Warrior for Rathdrum handler John Kinsella by 12 lengths in the 11-runner maiden race for five year old geldings and once again only three managed to finish.
Ask Harry went off favourite in the maiden race for six year olds and upwards and turned in a fine winning performance by two and a half lengths. This was a first winner for Kevin Corrigan, (19), from Blackwater.
Longhouse Music became the first horse to win four consecuative races this season and the Sam Curling trained mare did it in style by five lengths in the Open Lightweight Race confined to novice riders with Eoin Mahon controlling the reins.
It was an early start at Borris House, but despite a large entry, only one race divided, conditions were pleasant for the attendance and the Carlow Farmers’ Hunt were pleased that everything went well.
The other meeting today was the Tattersalls Farm meeting in Louth where Jamie Codd enjoyed three winners – Chantry House for Cian Hughes in the second division of the four year old maiden geldings; first time out Laughing Trix for Dermot McLoughlin in the maiden race for five year old mares; and a dead-heat on Presenting Europe for Jim Dreaper.
Rob James had a double. He partnered Silver Hallmark for Pat Doyle, Tipperary, in the first division of the geldings maiden race, and later joined forces with Donnchadh Doyle and the Monbeg Syndicate who scored by two lengths in the Winner of One race on Madiba Passion.
There was a four lengths Wexford winner of division two of the maiden race for four year year old mares when Mark Scallan, Cleariestown, guided The Cull Bank to victory for owner Willie Bates and handler Brian Jordan, Rathangan.