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The concluding Borro Mares Flat Race at Wexford was marred by the very serious injury (reportedly a broken knee) sustained by the favourite, Robina Mai, with over two furlongs left to run. As with the opening split of this contest, a well-bred first-timer was left to take the spoils as Unaccompanied's half-sister, Wandering Star brought up a Dermot Weld double (won the first with Tuscan Light) under Jane Mangan.
Twenty five to one were the odds of reward for a Tom Taaffe winner yesterday, Cherish The Pear at Kilbeggan, a price the trainer described as "ridiculous." Plenty seemed to know that it would be similarly ridiculous to let the stable's Ratheniska go unbacked for division one of the Borro Mares Flat Race at Wexford. She justified the faith of those that backed her from 7/1 into 5/1 in the hands of Nina Carberry.
Punters latched on to a previous course winner in Celestial Prospect in the 4.30 and there was some of them alert to the chance of Annie Other (winner of a bumper and a novice chase here previously) in the Owenavarragh (Q.R.) Maiden at Wexford.
Godolphin's Farhh (10/3) ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
We had a well-bred winner of the Black Point Handicap last year in Time Of My Life and he generated plenty of column inches in the aftermath. The 2013 victor of the near mile and a half contest, Longshadow has an eye-catching pedigree too and whilst subject to nothing like the same gamble as twelve months ago, Patrick Prendergast's scorer didn't go unbacked returning at odds of 4/1.
Jessica Harrington said Takeyourcapoff had "a very good chance" in her column in today's Irish Examiner. The Commonstown Stud-handler also described Charlie Elliott as being "very good value" for his 7Ib claim and how right she was proved as Takeyourcapoff landed the Campile Apprentice Handicap at Wexford under her seventeen-year-old pilot, a native of Skerries, County Dublin.
"He had form around here, winning a hurdle under my son Conor in October.
Given the closeness of the quartet on ratings it's not that difficult with hindsight to see why money came for the two outsiders in the Sharon Boland Last Days Of Freedom Rated Race at Wexford.
Tuscan Light took on the 'boys' when third on her debut at Dundalk last month. She found Bettyville and the company of her own sex to her liking when victorious in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden at Wexford.
Willie Mullins has decided against a bid for the French Champion Hurdle with Hurricane Fly.
Voleuse De Coeurs and Missunited, first and second in last year's Irish Cesarewitch, are set for an intriguing rematch in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday.
Johnny Murtagh has been granted a training licence by the Turf Club.
Custom Cut is set to have an entry in the Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom on Oaks day following his fine effort behind Duntle at Leopardstown.
Nunthorpe Stakes winner Ortensia has been retired, trainer Paul Messara has announced.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins launches a three-pronged attack on the Prix La Barka at Auteuil on Sunday.
Wise Oscar completed a 152/1 quickfire double for Dessie Hughes and Mark Enright (won the previous race with Datokepe) as he took the Belvedere House Gardens & Park Handicap Chase.
Maccas Lad ran out a comfortable winner of the feature race at Kilbeggan this evening, the FBD Insurance Hurdle, for trainer Oliver Brady and jockey Ryan Treacy, with the 11/10 favourite Sweet My Lord being brought down five flights from home.
Save My Blushes (13/2 and well-backed himself earlier in the betting shops) foiled the gamble on Rawnaq, as he just got up to win the Tullamore Rugby Club Celebration Day Handicap Hurdle for jockey, trainer Denis Hogan.
3.55 El Gran Torino , Concrete And Clay
4.30 Gothen Niece , Mutiska , Premiere L'amour , Jackie Tyrrell
5.30 Katelyn's Way , Myblueeyedgirl , Taispeantas , Fromdollarstoeuros , Miss Mardan , Thegirlonthehill
6.00 Rock's Field , Carrigmore Katie
1.55 Any Pearl
3.40 Lord Gale , Lucky Vic
4.50 When In Roam
5.25 Hurakan , Toughness Danon , Sedgwick , Neighbourhood , Coastal Passage
6.25 Absolute Bearing , Dream Cast
7.00 Dark Emerald
8.05 Moment In Time , Rhagori
8.35 Oneladyowner , Taurus Twins , Rasaman , Ambitious Boy
1.45 Hurricane Lady , Diplomatic
2.20 Albert Bridge , Sohar , Noguchi
2.55 Lewisham , Heaven's Guest
4.40 Able Dash , First Peninsular , Shaishee
5.15 Switch On
1.30 International Love
2.40 Prodigality , Esprit de Midas
3.50 Beauty Parlour
5.30 Saxon Soldier
2.15 Madagascar Moll , Miss Tallulah , Race Hunter
2.50 Cadeaux Pearl , Cocktail Charlie
3.25 Trade Secret
5.45 Roland , Bee Jay Kay
6.20 The Lodge Road
8.20 K Island
The Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes features at Navan on Sunday and the sponsors have strong claims in the mile and three-quarters event courtesy of El Salvador.
Beau Michael bounced back to form at Punchestown last month and reverts to the level for the Campile Apprentice Handicap at Wexford on Saturday.
Dermot Weld boosted his already tidy strike-rate at Wexford when Tuscan Light opened her account at the second time of asking.
The Oliver Brady-trained Macca's Lad (14-1) won Kilbeggan's F.B.D. Insurance Hurdle, but the race was not without its drama.
Classy hurdler Sizing Rio made a seamless transition to fences in the Kedrah House Stud 'Well Chosen' Beginners Chase at Tipperary.
Euphrasia caused a huge 33-1 upset when making virtually all to land the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes at Naas.