ON her fourth start, Bohemian Summer landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race at Punchestown on Monday much to the relief of trainer Jerry Cosgrave whose brother Liam bred Anita Acheson’s six-year-old daughter of Conduit.
“It’s a tough game these days and these winners are not easy got,” said the Katesbridge handler who was supplying rider Dara McGill with his first track success.
“Cormac Abernethy was supposed to ride the mare but he broke his collarbone in a fall at Turtulla on Sunday. Dara did his job well.”
The second of just three recorded produce out of the unraced Generous mare Lady Shanrod, Bohemian Summer is due to make her next public appearance in the ring at Tattersalls Cheltenham’s January Sale next Saturday, January 28th.
Other National Hunt winners bred in Co Down this week included the Berry Farms-bred seven-year-old gelding Quick Draw (Getaway – Sept Verites, by Turgeon) who justified favouritism in the extended two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase at Kempton on Saturday; the John Travers-bred eight-year-old gelding To The Limit (Carlotamix – Miss Kilkeel, by Religiously) who landed the near three-mile conditional jockeys’ handicap chase at Kelso on Sunday; and the John Kidd-bred six-year-old gelding Cillians Charm (Sageburg – Pamalee, by Tamayaz) who won the extended two-mile maiden hurdle at Clonmel on Tuesday.
Also by Sageburg, but bred in Co Tyrone by P.G. McGillion, the six-year-old gelding Faithfulflyer rewarded favourite backers at Sunday’s Kelso meeting where he won the two-mile handicap hurdle. The bay is out of the Beneficial mare Dakota Fire.
RANDOX Health’s support for Treo Eile, the not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of thoroughbreds/ex-racehorses in off-track careers, continues with its sponsorship of training clinics next weekend when Thoroughbred Dressage’s Louise Robson visits Ireland.
On Saturday morning at JAG Equestrian outside Naas, Robson will hold semi-private training sessions for all levels of riders and for thoroughbreds at different stages of retraining.
At 3pm, she will deliver a talk/demonstration which will provide those attending with a greater understanding of how to assist horses make the mental and physical changes to transition successfully to a new discipline.
On Sunday, there will be a full day of training sessions, both private and semi-private, at the Kells Equestrian Centre in Co Meath.
All riding sessions were quickly booked out but there will be further Randox Health-sponsored clinics throughout the year with one already pencilled in for Northern Ireland in March.