Tipperary Races -
Thursday, 23rd June
The seven-race all flat card produced just one winning favourite but followers of local stables were in the money, as four of the events were won by trainers located in the track’s catchment area. David Wachman, whose yard is based in Gooldscross, set the ball rolling when taking the opening contest with the 15/8 market leader Self Preservation. Bansha’s David Marnane then followed up with a cracking double 32/1 double, courtesy of Jamesie and Aragorn Icon. Thomastown’s Tommy Stack was the trainer of the winner of the penultimate event with the fancied 4/1 chance Whatever it Takes. It proved an excellent evening also for local jockeys Wayne Lordan and Colm O’Donoghue, who each recorded a double.
The evening’s entertainment was not confined to the track, as for many the biggest attraction was a mechanical rodeo bull that had been set up near the betting ring. It was not only enjoyed by the younger set but by some of the jockeys and a few brave bookmakers. Course manager Nessa Joyce had invited sports and social clubs in the area to bring equipment for the younger patrons and the rodeo bull was one of the items provided in a very positive response.
The action began with the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden over the five furlong trip and Self Preservation was very impressive in coasting to a five length win over market rival Perfect Goddess. Wayne Lordan had an armchair ride on the winner, which is trained by David Wachman for the O’Higgins Partnership and is likely to be stepped up in distance for her next outing.
Jamesie was a drifter in the market from 7/2 to 9/2 in the Visit Tipperary Racecourse Handicap but led a furlong out and stayed on well to defeat the 16/1 outsider Yellow Dandy by a neck. The gelding was the first leg of the Marnane/O’Donoghue double and the trainer has plans to take his well regarded winner to a major handicap at the Newmarket July meeting. The double was quickly completed in the next event, the jogforjockeys.iehandicap with the 5/1 chance Aragorn Icon which runs in the names of B. Hopkins, Melanie Marnane and Mrs. D. J. Tarrant. Aragorn Icon finished well to record a two length success over the 25/1 chance Elusive Moon and the trainer reported that Killarney would be the next objective for the Tagula gelding.
Johnny Murtagh rode his 29th winner of the season in Ireland when partnering the 5/1 chance Adiynara to win the 2011 Pride of Tipperary Launch Race in facile fashion. Adiynara, which is trained by Michael Halford for the Aga Khan, had two and a half lengths to spare over runner-up Noble Call and may well be more at home over a longer trip than the nine furlongs of this event.
Trainer John Oxx got among the winners with the 12/1 shot Saddler’s Rock, which upset more fancied rivals in the Tipperary Racecourse Maiden run over a mile and a half.
The trainer also saddled the runner-up, the 13/2 chance Red Calima, which took up the running two furlongs out but was caught in the closing stages by a fast finishing Saddlers Rock, which got up late to win going away by three quarters of a length. Rider Ben Curtis was seen to great advantage on the winner, which paid odds of over 31/1 on the tote.
John P. McManus, a great supporter of the course, is enjoying quite a few winners at present and he added another to his tally in the shape of the Tommy Stack-trained Whatever it Takes, which took the Glen of Aherlow Handicap by a short head from Tarafiya in a great finish. Whatever it Takes proved the trainer’s first winner for the owner and it took a terrific ride from Wayne Lordan to snatch the spoils.
Racing concluded with the tipperaryraces.iehandicap over a mile and six furlongs and jockey Leigh Roche gave the 14/1 chance Asiya an enterprising ride by kicking clear of his rivals and holding on for a length and a quarter win over the dead-heaters Define and Ghareer, trained in Kildare by N. Cassidy Asiya, which paid odds of 17/1 on the tote.
The tote aggregate bet for the meeting of €78,520 showed a marked increase on the corresponding figure of €48,257.53 wagered at last year’s meeting.
The Jackpot Pool of €7,917 was not won and was carried over to the Curragh meeting on Friday. The Placepot dividend was €21.10.