Wexford Wizard continues to weave his magic

Horse Racing is very much a case of the haves and the have nots. As I all too well from a sadly very brief spell as the late Oliver Cunningham’s ad hoc Racing Manager. Such a divide is even more … Continue reading Wexford Wizard continues to weave his magic

Heffernan reckons there could be a Ballet at the Derby

Seamie Heffernan won the first two races on today’s Leopardstown card and following the victory of BOLSHOI BALLET (EVS FAV) the rider suggested that the four length winner could well be a candidate for a spin around Tattenham Corner in 2021. It’s not unusual for Aidan O’Brien to unleash precocious colts towards the back end of the Flat season and this son of wonder-sire Galileo certainly fitted that bill, showing a taking kick when Heffernan sent him about his business, as he saw off Jessica Harrington’s O’reilly (sure to come on for the experience). Regarding Bolshoi Ballet, it’s probably signpost … Continue reading Heffernan reckons there could be a Ballet at the Derby

End of an era as Oxx prepares for final curtain

BREAKING NEWS John Oxx, trainer of the brilliant Sea The Stars and many other equine greats and two-time Derby winner released a statement on Monday afternoon confining that his training business will close at the end of the current season. He announced his intention to retire from the training ranks in a statement on http://www.irishracing.com, he said:  “In 2021, I will not be renewing my trainer’s licence. It has been my good fortune to have enjoyed a lot of success and trained some great horses. I am extremely grateful to all the owners who have sent me those horses to … Continue reading End of an era as Oxx prepares for final curtain

They mightn’t go away just yet you know!

In some ways, the back end of the year can be a difficult time during which to find writing material. Particularly in a sporting context. Which is why, you might say, this corner has ventured down the book-writing road. There was, however, one GAA related story lately which not only caught the eye but struck an emotional chord here too. Now read on… The said time of year is, of course, peak season for all sorts of club and group presentation nights. Your columnist has been very fortunate on a few occasions to be honoured at such functions. Be that … Continue reading They mightn’t go away just yet you know!

The whispers from the weigh room have fallen silent

How much do you remember about your First Holy Communion, the entire weekend thereof? In my case, it may as well only have been yesterday. But then, this corner was blessedly kitted out with better capacity for retention than most. From the lemon jumper and red dickie bow, to dinner in what’s now my favourite eatery, The County Club, playing pool with the proprietor of said establishment, the late Paddy Peters, to a walk in Donadea Forest Park to another game of pool in Brady’s hostelry (no, not that one!) in Timahoe, Co Kildare. Right now, though, it’s recollections of … Continue reading The whispers from the weigh room have fallen silent