16.01

Bachelor makes it 7th time lucky


Picture by David Betts

Bachelor was held up but was in touch, he was switched left and made headway 2 furlongs out, he was then ridden to chase the leaders over 1 furlong out, made a strong run inside the final furlong, he led near the finish going on to win by a neck

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16.01

Joseph sends 6 lots to Goffs UK Sale 23.01

Lots:-

29 Austellus

30 Glasses Up

31 Paolo Veronese

53 Zaofu

54 French Mix

55 Spirit Power

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14.01

Pronounced fell in the 1.30 at Fairyhouse

Alighting 3rd in the 1.00 Mares Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse a solid run

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13.01

Taste the Salt unplaced in the 3.40 at Lingfield 

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12.01

Palace Guard wins the 8.30 at Dundalk Paparazzi High Susie unplaced 

Irish Minister 4th in the 6.00 at Dundalk 

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12.01

Palace Guard off the mark at Dundalk


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Palace Guard made a winning handicap debut at Dundalk this evening as the four year old gelding landed the concluding E McGahon, McGuinness & Co. Handicap for trainer Joseph O'Brien and his brother Donnacha O'Brien.

The son of Shamardal was held up in mid-division before producing his effort to lead with a furlong to race. At the line,Palace Guard beat War Hero by three parts of a length.

Winning jockey Donnacha O'Brien later stated "that's his first run on the all-weather and he handled it well. He ran well in a few good maidens and has done it well tonight."


Quotes from Alan Magee

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11.01

Cut Em Down pulled up in the 2.10 at Clonmel

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07.01

Speak Easy 5th Naas 1.45

Border Control 2nd Naas 12.40

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06.01

Oathkeeper 6th Cork 2.30

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05.01

Zaofu wins Dundalk 7.30

Tagle 9th High Susie 10th & Ship Of Dreams wins Dundalk 6pm

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05.01

Zaofu gives Joseph a double

Zaofu gets the job done under Sean Corby










Zaofu brought up a double on the polytrack for Joseph O'Brien tonight when prevailing in the Follow @DundalkStadium On Twitter Maiden under Sean Corby.

This Arcadio gelding debuted in a bumper at Fairyhouse in March 2016 before being side-lined for 628 days.

He returned at Dundalk last month, and a third quick run in succession concluded with a length and a half success here.

The earlier O'Brien winner was Ship Of Dreams, with Wayne Lordan aboard, in the 6.00 contest.

"He had a long lay off, he hadn't run in two years, and I think the first two runs he was just coming on fitness wise," reflected Corby.

"Today he was spot on. He travelled very well and in fairness he picked up nicely. He has plenty of speed and he travelled very strongly throughout the race.

"Dropping back was never really going to be a problem because over a mile-and-a-half he can be a little keen. The drop back probably suited.

"He's a grand horse. He's progressing with every run and they should have plenty of fun with him."

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05.01

Ship Of Dreams a nice filly for the future

Ship Of Dreams comes home in front under Wayne Lordan
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Three weeks on from a debut third placing Ship Of Dreams came forward to land the Dundalk Stadium Business Club 2018 Maiden (Plus 10 Race).

Back a furlong in trip, the Qatar Racing Limited-owned and Joseph O'Brien trained three-year-old proved two and three parts of a length and three lengths superior to Port Lions (9/10 favourite) and Havana Go (4/1 into 11/4).

Wayne Lordan did the steering on Ship Of Dreams and he said: "She's a very straight-forward filly and she stays well.

"Dropping back to seven probably wasn't ideal, because she's a filly that will stay, but it shows that she's versatile.

"The best part of her race was the last furlong. She'll be a nice filly going forward for the summer."

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04.01

Joseph’s opinion on the wind op debate



"I don't think it will make any difference, that's my opinion anyway. It's going to give people more information and if that's what they want then that's fine," Joseph told Independent.ie.

"I think an awful lot more was made of it than needed to be made of it.

"People think a horse has had a wind operation and he's going to improve a stone.

"I don't see a downside to it.

"You only hear about a wind op after a horse wins. You don't hear about the ones that don't win.

"I don't think it does any harm and it's a good thing that people are being a bit more open but really and truly it won't make a huge difference."

Joseph said he would not be put off using a broodmare who had went under the knife for a breathing operation.

"If she was good, she was good. It wouldn't make any difference to me," he added.


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04.01

Speak Easy to run at Naas on Sunday

Speak Easy (centre) makes a winning debut at Navan
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Speak Easy will sidestep the 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday and run nearer to home in the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle at the County Kildare course on Sunday.

Trained by Joseph O'Brien, the five-year-old made an eyecatching hurdling debut when beating 20 rivals at Navan last month.

Speak Easy still holds an entry in the Tolworth but Frank Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus, said: "He's going to Naas on Sunday. It looks a very hot race. Samcro might not be running but there are plenty of them in there."

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04.01

Motherland, Sebastiano Ricci and Watch Guard have all been gelded

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02.01

Joseph has a new horse Tagle and a new owner Mrs Georgiana Cabrero

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01.01

Thermistocles 3rd Fairyhouse 12.20