Wexford At Cheltenham – Day One

Sean O'Keeffe on Galopin Des Champs after winning in 2021

Last year’s Cheltenham festival had a number of wonderful successes for Co.Wexford connections. No doubt they’ll be hoping to add further wins this week as the 2022 Cheltenham festival gets underway tomorrow.

Here is Tuesday’s guide to Wexford connections:

2.10 Arkle Chase – Jockey Sean O’Keeffe, successful aboard ‘Galopin Des Champs’ last year, takes the mount on the Willie Mullins trained ‘Saint Sam’. ‘Magic Daze’ trained by Henry DeBromhead started out with Colin Bowe, winning a point to point in October 2020.

2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase – Jockey Jordan Gainford, successful last year on ‘The Shunter’, will ride the Gordon Elliott trained ‘Floueur’. In the same race, Jonathan Moore rides ‘Foxy Jacks’ for trainer Mouse Morris, while Tom O’Brien rides ‘Rapper’ for Henry Daly.

A remarkable 6 horses in this field started their racing careers with Co.Wexford handlers. ‘Full Back’ trained by Gary Moore was formerly trained by Colin Bowe. ‘Gericault Roque’ trained by David Pipe, started out with Mary Ellen Doyle. ‘Kiltealy Briggs’ placed second in a point to point for Colin Bowe back in 2018, ‘Lostintranslation’ began with Willie Codd, ‘One More Fleurie’ was formerly trained by James Doyle and ‘Oscar Elite’ won his point to point for Cormac Doyle.

4.10 Mares Hurdle – Paul Nolan’s mare ‘Mrs Milner’, who was victorious in last year’s Pertemps, will try to add this Grade 1 to her list of achievements. Sean O’Keeffe is in action again, taking the ride on ‘Burning Victory’ for Willie Mullins. Both ‘Telmesomthinggirl’ and ‘Western Victory’ won point to points when trained by Colin Bowe.

4.50 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Paul Nolan runs ‘HMS Seahorse’ here, while JJ Slevin rides ‘Prairie Dancer’ for Joseph O’Brien and Jordan Gainford rides ‘Doctor Churchill’ for Gordon Elliott.

5.30 National Hunt Chase – Three Wexford jockeys are in action in this 6 runner race. Jamie Codd rides ‘Run Wild Fred’ for Gordon Elliott, Barry O’Neill rides ‘Pats Fancy’ for Rebecca Curtis and Rob James rides ‘Braeside’ for Gordon Elliott. ‘Run Wild Fred’ won a point to point when trained by James Doyle, while ‘Beatthebullet’ and ‘Pat’s Fancy’ both started out with Denis Murphy.

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