Today’s intended fixture in Clonmel has been lost to inclement weather after sections of Powerstown Park were deemed to be frozen. In a statement, the IHRB tweeted: “Following an inspection this morning, parts of tbe track @clonmelr were found to … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Clonmel off due to frozen track, Fairyhouse doubtful
New Year’s Day, 2011. Beginning another round of the calender in Fairyhouse. Same as it ever was. Except in that case it was anything but that. For about 18 months beforehand, dad and his best friend, the late former undertaker … Continue reading So near, yet so far away
One of the formative chapters in the construction of a large portion of my life revolving around horse racing came to an end today when Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden hung up his riding Boots and went for the Slippers after a … Continue reading Niall hangs up the Boots and goes for the Slippers after decorated career
In the preceding offering on these pages mention was afforded to the wonderful renewal of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2005. In no way was Hardy Eustace a back number – he could hardly be having won it the … Continue reading Supporting actor lands all the plaudits yet again
By ten past twelve today, Willie Mullins had another two winners on the board – one in both Limerick and Leopardstown. Both courtesy of horses breaking their maidens who would’ve been expected to have done so before now. One of which was the instigation of a treble for owners Joe and Marie Donnelly. The black and amber silks were carried to success on a brace of occasions across the water in recent days also – most notably via Shiskin – but in my view, their most impressive victory was that of Ramillies in the concluding contest close to the Dublin … Continue reading Another day, more for Mullins but Henry hogs the big one
Before I was properly attuned to horse racing, one of the things that actually put me off it was the amount of prattling on the presenters and analysts on television – particularly the late John McCririck – did before a race. The thought process here would have been ‘Just list the runners and riders and then shut up.’ Now, of course, one is far more engrossed in the nuances of the sport. To the extent that it not only has become one of the central tenets which make life palatable for yours truly but it has also ended up affording … Continue reading They’re top weight for a reason!
Today’s intended race meeting in Limerick has been lost to a waterlogged track after Greenmount Park shipped another 18mm of rainfall overnight. There will be a further inspection to determine whether Monday’s fixture can go ahead. Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Limerick races off due to waterlogging
In a world less ordinary, any semblance of what once passed for normality has to be clung to and cherished. So to that end, racing going ahead in Leopardstown and Limerick going ahead was absolutely treasured. Once that was saved, though, things went very much along usual lines. In that, between both meetings Willie Mullins chalked up four winners, while the Co Meath duo, Gordon Elliott and Noel Meade bagged a brace apiece. Now consider that the top two trainers in the country also had well fancied representatives turned over in big races and it games you some indication of … Continue reading Doubles for Meade and Elliott as Mullins has four tops
What I think was a decade or so ago, Noel Meade used to have a weekly column in the Meath Chronicle. Generally, it was run-of-the-mill fare, reviewing his runners from the previous week and looking forward to whatever representatives he … Continue reading Dear British racing, do you remember Mick Winters?!
A retired local farm worker, long since departed to the calving pens up yonder, once told my father “Don’t let anyone ever tell you about the good old days, the good days are now”. Keeping in mind that this would’ve … Continue reading Back to the future with a winning pedigree