Obama de­fies all odds

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

THE FI­NAL of the €4,000 Boyle­sport En­nis­cor­thy Leger pro­duced one of the races of the sea­son at En­nis­cor­thy Grey­hound Track as Obama Coun­try came from what looked a near im­pos­si­ble po­si­tion to record a su­perb win.

From trap rise, Hot Dig­gity Dog showed his early pace to lead, chased by Beep­ers Paddy with Obama a good six to eight lengths adrift back in third as they turned into the back.

Hot Dig­gity con­tin­ued to lead into the home straight with Beep­ers get­ting closer, and Obama Coun­try was now turn­ing on the af­ter­burn­ers as usual as they passed the 525 line.

It was in the fi­nal 25 yards that Obama flew past the game Dig­gity Dog to grab the money by three-quar­ters of a length, with Beep­ers a close up third in a time of 30.21 (550 yards).

Rac­ing con­tin­ues this week with the semi-fi­nals of the Red Mills Fu­ture Cham­pion Un­raced Stake, and Kilkenny trainer Paul Hen­nessy has a strong hand with two run­ners in­volved.

Is there a fu­ture cham­pion in the stake this year?

It still re­mains to be seen as noth­ing has bro­ken the 29-sec­ond bar­rier be­fore the slow is taken into ac­count. Maybe it will hap­pen this week.

Oc­to­ber 28 re­sults - race one, The Red Mills Fu­ture Cham­pion Plate, round one, heat one: 1, Manuka Man (own­ers, Peter Comerford and Tony Moore, Naas, Co. Kil­dare), 28.70; 2, Lochdara Jem, 29.40.

Race two, heat two: 1, Tipurhat (owner, Matt Dunne, Co. Car­low; trainer, Ann Guil­foyle), 29.24; 2, Miss Trot, 29.34.

Race three, heat three: 1, Kingsmill Oslo (owner, John Roche, Barntown), 29.30; 2, Ger­ri­annby, 29.58.

Race four, heat four: 1, Latchico (owner, John Ka­vanagh, In­gle­wood, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.43; 2, Shaky Dog, 29.57.

Race five, The Ge­orge’s Hair De­sign’s Open 525 Stakes: 1, Cushie Jet (own­ers, Diana Brody and John Codd, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.05; 2, En­able, 29.07.

Race six, Red Mills 2018 Fu­ture Cham­pion Un­raced, round three, heat one: 1, Jazz Beat (owner, Ai­dan Comerford, Naas, Co. Kil­dare), 29.09; 2, Bal­lyhi Bay, 29.54.

Race seven, heat two: 1, Jay­tee Gen­eral (owner, John Turner; trainer, Paul Hen­nessy, Co. Kilkenny), 29.32; 2, Mon­beg Me Daddy, 29.42.

Race eight, heat three: 1, Droopys Bee (own­ers, Austin Whe­lan and Dar­ryl Bear, Co. Clare; trainer, Pat Buck­ley), 29.25; 2, Milk­ing It, 29.28.

Race nine, heat four: 1, Jay­tee Si­enna (owner, John Turner; trainer, Paul Hen­nessy, Co. Kilkenny), 29.20; 2, Ex­press Sparkle, 29.69.

Race ten, The Glen­brien Ken­nels 525 Stakes: 1, Kar­low Crean (own­ers, WKC syn­di­cate; trainer, Henry Kelly, Co. Car­low), 29.31; 2, Bally­breen Queen, 29.52.

Race eleven, The Slán Ab­haile 575 Stakes: 1, Bal­lina­boola Luke, 31.68; 2, Bisto Ma­jes­tic, 32.13.

Novem­ber 1 re­sults - race one, The Wel­come to The Show Grounds Stakes: 1, Vine­garhill Moon (owner, Pat Hy­land, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.20; 2, Bal­lina­boola Loch, 29.27.

Race two, The Track Side Diner 525 Stakes: 1, Zaras Oa­sis (owner, James Whe­lan, Co. Wick­low), 29.53; 2, Met­ric Sasha, 30.33.

Race three, The Loch Gar­man 525 Stakes: 1, Noth­ing­tosay (owner, An­drew Sin­nott, Tagh­mon), 29.26; 2, Heav­en­stown Pete, 29.47.

Race four, The Track Bar 525 Stakes: 1, Rath­bally Rocky (owner, James Flynn, En­nis­cor­thy), 29.12; 2, Tul­lig Gold, 29.36.

Race five, The 2018 Boyles­ports En­nis­cor­thy Leger fi­nal: 1, Obama Coun­try (owner, Lau­ren Rams­bot­tom, Port­laoise), 30.21; 2, Hot Dig­gity Dog, 30.26.

Race six, The Ross Road 525 Stakes: 1, Elite Black (owner, Myles Roban, En­nis­cor­thy), 28.97; 2, Tul­ly­canna Dot, 29.14.

Race seven, The Model County 525 Stakes: 1, Huarache Bale (owner, P.A. Oliver, Co. Cork; trainer, Michael Meade, Pas­sage East, Co. Water­ford), 29.17; 2, Mon­amolin Bolt, 29.34.

Obama Coun­try with P.J. Bren­nan, Lau­ren, Mia, Linda, Billy and Karl Rams­bot­tom, Paddy Kelly, Rachel O’Brien (Boyles­ports), John Kee­gan, Christy Mur­phy and Jim Turner (rac­ing man­ager).

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