05 February 2018

Day two of the Dublin Racing Festival featured excellent prize money for mares, beginning with the Irish EBF Paddy Mullins Handicap Hurdle worth €44,250 to the winner. The Jessica Harrington-trained and Sally Rowley-Williams-owned favourite ALLETRIX (IRE) took home the prize, more than enough to carry €15,000 paid for her at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.

A daughter of Flemensfirth bred by Robert McCarthy, ALLETRIX (IRE) has a far more predictable pedigree than the winner of the next race, the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Trained by Willie Mullins for David Bobbett, MR ADJUDICATOR, is by Yeomanstown Stud sire Camacho, better known for his flat performers. Now two from two over hurdles, the four-year-old was bought privately from Joseph Murphy, who trained him to win twice on the flat.

All eyes were on SAMCRO (IRE) in the following Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle and he did not disappoint, bringing his unbeaten record to six wins. Sent off favourite under Jack Kennedy, the Gordon Elliott-trained six-year-old beat Willie Mullins representative Duc Des Genievres by five and a half lengths.

Bred by Douglas Taylor, SAMCRO (IRE) sold to Bobby O’Ryan for €95,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale and went on to win his only point-to-point at Monksgrange for Colin Bowe. He is a son of old Woodlands Stud resident Germany, otherwise best known as the sire of Faugheen (IRE), and was bred out of a full-sister to Grade 2 winner Master Of The Hall (IRE). The second dam also bred Grade 1 performer Pairofbrowneyes (IRE), while top-class chasers Sound Man (IRE) and Roberto Goldback (IRE) feature further down the page.

Henry de Bromhead was next to land a Grade 1 on the card, as joint-favourite MONALEE (IRE), running in the colours of Barry Maloney, captured the Flogas Novice Chase by three parts of a length. A Grade 3 winner over hurdles, he won his chase debut in November, but fell last time out.

His confidence showed no ill effects, though, and he made all under Noel Fehily, remaining foot-perfect throughout the two mile and five furlong contest. Like many talented chasers, he is a graduate of the Irish-point-to-point scene, having won his only start for Kevin O’Sullivan and owner Thomas Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald gave €18,000 for the Aidan Aherne-bred son of Milan as a foal at the Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale.

Fellow Tattersalls Ireland graduate EDWULF won the feature of the day, the Grade 1 Unibet Irish Gold Cup, for Joseph O’Brien, who had trained his first Grade 1 winner just 24 hours earlier. It was an impressive return to form for the JP McManus-owned nine-year-old, whom connections almost lost at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. His pilot, top amateur Derek O’Connor, also added to the popularity of the winner, and McManus had a broad grin greeting his charge in the winner’s enclosure. Monbeg Stables paid a bargain €30,000 for EDWULF at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale and he finished second in a point-to-point for Vincent Halley two years later.

The final race of the day, the Grade 2 Coolmore NH Sires Mares Bumper, produced a very similar winner to the first race, with RELEGATE (IRE) being another daughter of Flemensfirth bred by Robert McCarthy. The Willie Mullins-trained mare opened her account successfully in mid-January and is now two from two for owner Paul McKeon. Colm Murphy paid €35,000 for her at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale, having been bought by Brown Island Stables for €14,000 at the venue’s November NH Sale two years prior. The year before that, Richard Cotter bought her as a foal at the December NH Sale for €10,000.

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