The racing fraternity in Dunboyne were celebrating on the double today after two locally owned horses chalked up an across the card double within an hour of each other to add to the wonderful achievements of Lustown Baba – owned by the Back Road Syndicate – in recent weeks.
There will, or at least would’ve been, no shortage of food or drink with which to stage a celebration, had the country not been in a continuing state of chaos, as firstly Trickey Trix owned by retired local butcher Pat Macken, got another win under her belt in Thurles before the Mulvany’s Bar Syndicate found their way back into the Winners Enclosure after a lengthy baron spell much closer to home at Navan.
Macken’s Mahler mare – trained by Dermot McLoughlin and ridden by talented claiming rider Danny Hand – has experienced a huge transformation in form in the recent past, which the trainer put down to a change to front running tactics (and I’d say a bit of cut in the ground did no harm either) and followed up her recent victory with this four length success.
Meanwhile at Navan, there was even more cause for Dunboyne delight as the Mulvany’s Bar Syndicate – and indeed Sil Ver Klass himself – was due a change of luck – and duly got it in fine style, claiming the last Flat race of the season at the Proudstown venue when showing admirable battling qualities in gaining the half-length victory having been ridden unusually prominently.
There was even more cause for celebration of the 6-year-old’s success as it was a case of first time lucky when Padraig Beggy guiding the German-bred gelding back into top spot on the first time he partnered the steed owned by many of his neighbours and friends while it was a success which was even more fitting given the connection between Padraig’s family and Mulvany’s Bar itself where his cousin Ollie Carey is a long serving barman.
FOGRA: The Mulvany’s Bar Syndicate will be hoping for even more luck for themselves and the locality tomorrow when their DRAKENSBERG runs in the 8.15 in Dundalk. Seamie Heffernan takes the mount.