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WINNERS' RACE NEXT FOR SOLATENTIF
Solatentif gave us our fifth winner of the week when successfully breaking his maiden tag over hurdles this afternoon.
We were a bit disappointed with him at Punchestown last time out, but on reflection that was probably a very good race.
He's entitled to go for a winners' race now, and he'll probably step up in trip.
ONE-TWO IN GALWAY PLATE TRIAL
Elegant Statesman and Never Complain came home first and second in Down Royal's feature, the Galway Plate trial.
Elegant Statesman did it well and stayed all the way to the line. Niall Madden gave him a lovely ride and felt the ground made a big difference for him. It was his first start since November, so you'd have to be delighted with him.
Never Complain ran great and made him work hard from the back of the last.
DESERVED WIN FOR THREE STARS
Three Stars ran out a decisive winner of the two-mile maiden hurdle.
He was fully deserving of his win after just getting chinned last time out at Tipperary, so it was great to see him break his maiden tag here.
The soft ground was just catching him out during the winter and he seems much more at home on that better ground.
ONE-TWO AT WEXFORD
A short head was all that separated Beckwith Star and Tisamystery when leading a home a one-two in the Jog For Jockeys Handicap Chase.
Beckwith Star was fully deserving of his first win over fences and it was great to see Tisamystery return to form. He loves that good ground and hopefully we'll be able to find something similar for him in the near future.
Adam O'Neill gave the winner a great ride. He rides out at Knockeen most mornings, so it was great for him to win on his first ride for us.
DAMEFIRTH BOLTS UP
Damefirth, owned by the enthusiastic Wilde At Heart Syndicate, bolted-up in the John Kennedy Motors (Toyota) Clonmel Beginners Chase
She had a lovely introduction to fences a few weeks back at Tramore and we were hopeful she'd run well here with that experience under her belt.
Her jumping is a huge asset and she seems to thrive on real good ground.
SUN SHINES BRIGHTLY AT ROSCOMMON
Riviera Sun showed an admirable attitude to hold off all challengers in this evening's two-mile novice hurdle at Roscommon.
He jumped really well throughout and Mark gave him a great ride. You'd like to think he'll get a bit further too.
We're looking forward to getting him over fences at some stage.
FULL CRY SUCCESSFUL ON RULES DEBUT
+ Clonacody (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (2m4f) - Clonmel - 21/05/15
Full Cry made the perfect start to his racecourse career when successful in this evening's two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle.
He jumped super for Andrew throughout and appeared to love the ground. He'll probably make a nice chaser in time, but he'll stay over hurdles for the time being as he's only five.
His owners, the Garristown Aintree Syndicate, were looking for a horse for the summer and hopefully he'll give them plenty of fun.
SIZING EUROPE TO RETIRE
After discussing things with Ann and Alan Potts, we've decided to retire Sizing Europe.
There's been too many highlights to pinpoint one and he really has been the horse of a lifetime for all involved.
We're delighted he retires in one piece, and hopefully he'll take part in the racehorse to riding horse shows in the future.
PLENTY OF IMPROVEMENT IN CROWN THEATRE
+ Like Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase (2m1f) - Limerick - 12/05/15
Crown Theatre took this afternoon's Like Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase under Andrew Lynch.
He jumped super from start to finish and if anything his leap at the second-last caused him to hit the front a bit too soon. He idled again today, but he's only six and we think he'll be better in a better race. Hopefully there's plenty of improvement in him.
We'll speak to his owners, the Fear Na Gcon Partnership, and probably look for something similar again.
SECOND CAREER GRADE ONE FOR SPECIAL TIARA
Special Tiara continued on his upward curve when running out an impressive winner of today's Celebration Chase.
You couldn't fault the bold front-running performance and it was a super ride from Noel Fehily. I'm surprised how easy he was going coming to the Pond Fence - it looked like he was full of running. It was probably a career best effort from him.
That'll be it for the season now and he'll spend the summer out in the field.
BETTER GROUND BRINGS OUT IMPROVEMENT IN MISS PEACETIME
+ Mobile Betting At thetote.com Handicap Hurdle (2m5f) - Tramore - 13/04/15
Miss Peacetime showed her liking for a sounder surface when running out a game winner at Tramore this evening.
She jumped really well and I'd say the ground really helped her as she just seemed to struggle on much softer ground last time out at Cork. She'll stick to hurdling for the time being and we'll try find something similar again.
She should have no problem staying a bit further on similar ground again.
GRADE ONE SUCCESS FOR IMPROVING GRANITE
+ Doom Bar Maghull Novice Chase (2m) - Aintree - 11/04/15
Sizing Granite put in a polished round of jumping when successful in the Maghull Novice Chase under an equally as polished ride from Johnny Burke.
He's always been a gorgeous horse. Alan and Ann have been very patient with him and he just seems to be getting better and better. He's massive and was very immature and we think he'll keep improving.
He'll be let off for the summer now and we'll look forward to all those two-mile Graded races next year.