Sweet Kiln breaks Flat maiden tag
REPORT: TRAMORE, Friday
HAVING salvaged two days of their aborted August festival, the Tramore executives weren't exactly rewarded with a bumper turnout through the stiles on Friday, but those who were in attendance wouldn't be in much doubt that the Bowe family's Sweet Kiln should continue to pay her way overthe coming National Hunt season after she landed the qualified rider's maiden.
Looking very much in need of the run, she had to be galvanised inside the final furlong by rider Brian Hayes, but she stuck to her task in familiarlygame fashion to see off Hu Ha Jo by aneck.
It was a third career success on the track for young rider Hayes who hails from Roscarberry in West Cork.
Hu Ha Jo's trainer Caroline Hutchinson continued her rich vein of form and went one better when Master Massini landed the handicap chase in the hands of champion jockey Ruby Walsh.
The horse was having his first run for his new yard and the winning trainer was quick to give praise to those she saw as being deserving of it.
"Credit to my staff for getting him back. I've a great team and am very proud of them for being able to get him back, especially after a long absence.
"He's a horse that's had an awful lot of problems since I've had him and it's been a long road. He'll be entered in Listowel," she said.
The most valuable race of the day was the 2m flat handicap which was won in good style by the ‘Shark' Hanlon -trained Master'n Commander in the very capable hands of Conor O'Farrell, who rode Shaimaa to win over hurdles for the same trainer at Killarney just under two weeks ago.
He was sent to the front two furlongs out and never relinquished his advantage in beating Derrymore Dawn by two and a half lengths.
"That was a good performance, because we were worried aboutthe ground. He ran a cracker at Dundalk on Sunday over too short a trip.
"We'll probably wait for a bit of good ground, although if it gets good at Listowel we might run him in a hurdle race" said the winning trainer.
Ronan Keogh, who rode fifth homePorto Calero, got in some hot water with the stewards after dropping his hands and losing out on an albeit remote fourth placeon the line. He received a one-day suspension.
John Oxx and Fran Berry continued their excellent strike rate at this venue when the Aga Khan's Rayina comfortably landed the opening fillies maiden, while for females at the other end of the spectrum, Seamus Fahey and talented young rider Shane Butler teamed up to win the mares' handicap hurdle with Book Of Days.
The daughter of Barathea hit the ground running over the final flight and went on to beat Knockgloss by a length and a half.
"The jump at the last won it," said Fahey, adding: "She travelled and stayed well. We'll probably step her up in trip now and maybe go to Downpatrick.
"It was important for her to win because she has a very nice pedigree."
Fahey trains the mare for one of his long time patrons J J Bailey, who hails from Ballybrittas near Portlaoise.
The irrepressible Caroline Hutchinson for a fine training performance in getting Master Massini ready to win first time up.
Quote of the day
"I've a new head lad, Pat Curran, and he told me this morning the horse wouldn't get beat" - ‘Shark' Hanlon after the triumph of Master'n Commander, proving that you can get good help these days.