Win­ners in Water­ford, Clon­mel and Kilkenny

Gorey Guardian - - SPORT - GREY­HOUNDS

WITH EN­NIS­COR­THY closed for Jan­uary, own­ers are on their trav­els again and with great suc­cess too, with win­ners at Water­ford, Clon­mel and Kilkenny.

Wex­ford owner Garry Mur­phy has en­joyed a cou­ple of nice wins back-to-back at Water­ford over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

On De­cem­ber 28 The Old Boy showed a good A1/0 field a clean pair of paws and held off the per­sis­tent chal­lenges to score a snug win in the end. It was his lucky 13th race win and he is prov­ing a great ser­vant.

The Ea­monn Doyle (Ballindag- gin)-owned Mon­beg Bakayoko fol­lowed up his sec­ond round win in the All About Ya Un­raced Stake when putting up an­other fine dis­play.

He took his third round heat by a clear five-length mar­gin to end his 2018 sea­son in great style, mak­ing it two wins from three races in a good time of 28.74.

Un­for­tu­nately, Mon­beg was crowded on the run to the first bend in his semi-fi­nal on Satur­day night and fin­ished fourth, but he could still get into this week’s fi­nal via the first re­serve route as the fastest loser.

Sev­eral fi­nals were de­cided on the night, and the He­len Mor­ris (Ross­lare Har­bour)-owned Lea­maneight Fort, trained by hus­band Vincent, fol­lowed up his semi-fi­nal win when tak­ing the fi­nal of the Track Sup­port­ers’ A4 Stake in a good 29.09. He has now won eleven times and is run­ning as well as ever.

The sport in Water­ford had a first on a re­cent Thurs­day morn­ing, with S.I.S. rac­ing get­ting un­der way at 8.10 a.m., and it re­mains to be seen how this will work out in the long term for the sport.

Owner Ray­mond O’Sul­li­van from Car­rig­byrne had the plea­sure of win­ning the first race as his Tyn­coon Rita got up in the clos­ing stages to grab the money. It was her 15th ca­reer win and she has been an­other great ser­vant for her owner.

The David Jor­dan (Wex­ford town)owned Ar­cha­ton Mia put up a nice per­for­mance when win­ning race ten, tak­ing up the run­ning early on and fin­ish­ing as a clearcut win­ner in a good 28.71. She should have a good year as she will be in her prime, hav­ing just gone two.

En­nis­cor­thy owner Tommy Woods made the jour­ney to Clon­mel and scored a good win with his Lord Of Light just af­ter Christ­mas also. No doubt there will be some Co. Wex­ford run­ners in the Clon­mel fes­ti­val of rac­ing in the com­ing weeks.

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