Dark Vader just gets up 

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Dark Angel colt Dark Vader gave Joseph a double under Jockey Dylan Browne McMonagle in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk Race & Stay Race Joseph also saddled 4th home, Never Before.

Dark Vader was prominent and soon disputed on the outer, he chased the leader in 2nd after 1 ½ furlongs, he challenged 2 furlongs out, was ridden to take a narrow lead 1 ½ furlongs out, he kept on well under pressure in the final furlong, he was strongly pressed close home hanging on by a neck.

His time of 1m. 12.47 secs, was 0.09 secs faster than the course average.

Dylan said: - “He did it well. I got a nice lead into the straight by The King Of Kells. They went a nice gallop and once we’ve turned into the straight, I just let him gradually build it up and he quickened well to the line, It was a smart performance as there were a lot of good horses behind him. He lugged left a bit but once I gave him a slap with my left hand he galloped on well to the line.”


 Will Be King impresses in claimer

Charm Spirit gelding Will Be King stormed to victory in the View Restaurant At Dundalk Stadium Claiming Race.

As the stall opened and he got into his stride he lay mid-division, he made progress to challenge 2 furlongs out, he led 1 ½ furlongs out, he ridden to assert 1 furlong out, kept on strongly in the final furlong to win by 4.25 lengths.

His time of 2m. 17.48 secs, was 2.12 secs slower than the course average

Shane said: - “He’s appreciated the step up in trip. He might not have seen out the mile and a half the last day, but he loves travelling and passing horses, When he won here over a mile for Dylan (Browne McMonagle) he really ran through the line and there is a nice race plan for him here over the winter.”


Castra Vetera returns to winning ways

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Castra Vetera makes it a double for Jeremy mares for Joseph this week when winning the Mansionbet Get Paid As A Winner If 2nd In The Supreme Novices' At Cheltenham Mares bumper under Nick Bashford. The mare tracked the leader lying in 2nd, she was ridden in 3rd 2 furlongs out, 3rd and switched right a furlong out, she went 2nd inside the final furlong, she stayed on well to lead close home winning by 1/2 length.
Her time of 3m. 51.20 secs, which is the same as the course average on yielding to soft going.

Joseph said "She won well and I thought Neil gave her a lovely ride. She got a little bit lost off the bridle and came good up the hill. She learned a lot the last day in Leopardstown where it was a very messy race and she'll probably come on again from today. I'd imagine she will go to Aintree now for that mares' bumper."

Scarlet And Dove impresses on her Maiden hurdle win

Jeremy mare Scarlet And Dove overcame a 67 day break to win the Dunmoe Mares Maiden Hurdle at Navan. She tracked the leaders laying up on the outer, she was a close 3rd travelling well when entering the straight,  she made headway to lead 2 hurdles out, she was soon pushed along, ridden at the last, she stayed on well inside the final furlong winning by 7 lengths.

Her time was 4m. 17.30 secs, which is 6.64 secs faster than the course average on heavy going.

JJ said “It was a good performance. The ground is quite tacky but she handled it well, She's a big, solid galloping mare. She's a big scopey mare. Her first run had been good and then she disappointed the last day but she's back on track now I think.”


Lunar Display makes a winning debut


Home bred Getaway filly Lunar Display wins the concluding race at Leopardstown the TRI Superstore (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race for Joseph and jockey Oakley Brown.

Lunar Display was making her racecourse debut is owned by Joseph’s mother. 

When the tapes went up, she tracked leaders back in 3rd, she made headway into 2nd upon entering the straight, Oakley pushed her along to dispute lead 2 furlongs out, she led 1 ½ furlongs out, she stayed on well under pressure inside the final furlong, she was all out to win by a gutsy head.
The well backed favourite Homme D'un Soir was beaten back in 3rd. 

Her time of 4m. 21.90 secs, is 13.88 secs slower than the course average on Soft to Heavy ground.

Oakley the winning rider said “She was very green, but she showed a great attitude and was very tough. She travelled the whole way and when I gave her a kick, she showed a nice turn of foot.”


Cheltenham possible Entries: -

Tue 10th Mar –

2.10 - Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1) - Fakir D'oudairies
3.30 - Unibet Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) – Darasso
4.50 - Northern Trust Novices' Handicap Chase (Grade 2) - Tower Bridge & Star Max 
5.30 - National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders) (Listed) - Smoking Gun

Wed 11th Mar-

1.30 - Ballymore Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) – Embittered
2.50 - Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) - Anything Will Do, Entoucas, Top Moon, Embittered, Front View, Fakir & Sempo
4.50 - Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) - A Wave Of The Sea, Cerberus & Pasley
5.30 - Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) - Fire Attack

Thu 12th Mar –

1.30 - Marsh Novice Chase (Grade 2) - Fakir D'oudairies

2.10 - Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) - High Sparrow

2.50 - Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) – Darasso

4.10 - Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) – Shady Operator

5.30 - Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Handicap Chase - Tower Bridge & Smoking Gun

Fri 13th Mar –

1.30 - JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) - A Wave Of The Sea & Cerberus
2.10 - Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) - Top Moon, Embittered, Front View, & Entoucas.
2.50 - Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) - Anything Will Do, Assemble, Fils d'Oudairies, Home By The Lee & Sempo
4.50 - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase (Grade 3) – Us And Them
5.30 - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys H'Cap Hurdle – Assemble, Front View, Fakir, Entoucas & Anything Will Do