It was a super evenings’ racing at Bettyville Park with a dead-heat, another success snatched by a neck, three local jockeys found the winners’ enclosure and the famous red colours with a black hoop on the body and sleeves with a black cap carried by the legendary mare Dawn Run were winning again.
JJ Slevin from Caim achieved a three lengths victory on Boro Tari (9/4 fav.) for delighted owner and breeder, Benjamin Hill, from Monksgrange, Rathnure, in the opening Liam Leacy Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Maiden Hurdle to lost her maiden tag at the first attempt over jumps.
Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead was very impressed; “That was great, I’m delighted for everyone and she won nicely. JJ was happy with her. Her jumping was still a bit green, but he gave her a super ride and I’m delighted. It’s great to win in those colours. If she is half as good as one of the mares that was in them (an obvious reference to the only mare to win the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup double) we will be going well!”
Taghmon jockey Sean O’Keeffe scored on Arch Melody (7/2 fav.) at Wexford two weeks ago and was back for a repeat performance in the Flood Ironworks Ltd Handicap Chase. Trained by John Morrison, the seven year old dropped back in trip to two miles, made steady progress from four out and hit the front entering the straight, keeping on well from there to score by seven lengths, despite making a mistake at the last.
O’Keeffe said; “It was similar again to the last day. We took our time early on and he travelled into it really well and jumped into it great. I was always happy on him.”
Love The Melody (8/1) galloped her rivals into the ground, as she made all in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race, to bring success to Carrick-on-Suir trainer Pat Flynn and Wexford’s champion point-to-point jockey, Barry O’Neill from Ballindaggin.
She quickly estbalished a clear lead, had all her rivals in troubling entering the straight and she kept up the gallop in the closing stages, going on to score comfortably by eight lengths.
It was a brilliant evening of racing, the ground conditions suited everybody, and the attendance was the biggest for a long time.
For the 5th year in succession Mark Browne, General Manager, and his staff from Monart Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, sponsored the ‘Most Stylish Lady’ competition which added glamour and fashion to the occasion.
TV fashion expert from Carlow, Marietta Doran, was judge for the evening and the winner was Annie Cusack from Waterford. Second and third finalists were Majella Wall, Enniscorthy, and Veronica Murphy from Ballyhack.
The next race meeting at Bettyville Park is on Saturday, September 7th.