You had to see it to believe it. Aidan O’Brien’s, Waterville, landed the top prize of €324,000 with his horse getting up
on the line to beat the Willie Mullin’s trained ,Echoes In Rain, ridden by Rachel Blackmore.
What was astounding by the win in The Irish Cesarewitch over two miles was the ground made up by Wayne Lordan to get up.
At least 50 lenghts of the pace and lying in last pace and needing luck he found the winning line. It was a ride of a lifetime and surely
one of his greatest wins from were Waterville came to win by a neck. The Camelot(GB)-Holy Moon gave the punters the ride of their lives too and some I’d say wrote of the favourite after the mile mark.
He was available at 13/2 but the money came and he went off at 5/1 favourite.
There was an eight card programme on the second day of the Curragh Racing Festival. There was luck too for local trainer Noel Meade in the last race. Zoffman also got up on the line again, coming off the pace to beat Rare Middleton by a 1/2 a lenght. The winning connections are local man, Jimmy Owens and Mrs.Derville Meade. Ridden by Dylan Browne McMonagle ,Zoffman landed at a nice price of 13/2 and also paid slightly over 9/1 on the Tote. Johnny Murtagh trained the slow starting ,Devore in the seventh race, to get up on the line by neck to beat Joseph O’Briens American Sonja at 9/1.
Well done to local connections.
The new modernised Curragh was looking well and the effort to get racegoers and the public seems to be starting to pay off. After a more than auspicious launch iniatally, things appear on the up.There was a decent crowd there.A resonable admission price of €20.00 per person and allowances for the elder and younger followers of the equine sport. As well as being the most valueble handicap in Europe,The Irish Cesarewitch had a charity affilated to each horse with money going to that specific charity. There was also a Taste of Kildare event held over the two day festival allowing businesses to showcase their wares.
As we move into the autumn and winter months the racing dairy will start to hot up with big races arond the country and here at Navan and Fairhouse too. We will keep you briefed. #