Anything boyfriend Brian Hayes can do Rachael Blackmore can more than match and after the Cork man’s second race win at Tramore on Friday evening, Tipperary lady Blackmore doubled up in the following two events.
Cork and Tipperary are the keenest of rivals on the hurling field, but Hayes and Blackmore make a great match.
Only recently back in action after breaking her nose, the 2016/17 champion conditional rider Blackmore set the ball rolling aboard Andrew McNamara’s 6-4 joint-favourite Torcello in the DFL Construction Ltd. Maiden Hurdle.
Blackmore said: “I’m delighted to ride a winner for Andy because he was a great help to me when I was starting off and I’m delighted to be able to ride a winner for him.
“My nose is all good.”
McNamara and Torcello’s owners were on their way to Epsom for Saturday’s Investec Derby, but the County Meath handler reflected on the four-length victory by phone.
He said: “Rachael gave him a lovely ride and got the best out of him.”
McNamara has his horses in rare old order at present – this being his fourth winner in the last month from a small number of horses.
Thirty five minutes later Blackmore completed her brace aboard 5-2 favourite Schmidt in the DFL Construction Ltd. Handicap Hurdle.
Donning the Gigginstown House Stud silks, Blackmore settled Henry de Bromhead’s inmate in front and dictated things to a nicety to prevail by three-quarters of a length.
Pleasure Dome’s (7-4 favourite) jumping left plenty to be desired in the opening David Flynn Ltd. Beginners Chase, but the Willie Mullins-trained mare still proved too strong in the hands of the champion trainer’s nephew, Danny.
The five-year-old is owned by John Turner, who had a big night when his greyhound Jaytee Jordan won the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne Park last weekend.
“She is probably not a natural jumper and she was probably lucky to win that,” admitted the winning trainer.
“We’ll mix it with her on the Flat and over hurdles for the summer.”
The Winters brothers, owner Tony and trainer Mick, are well familiar with the greyhound game too, principally at their local track, Curraheen Park in Cork.
However, their attentions were firmly on equine matters this evening as well-backed 7-1 shot Model Cloud ran out a good winner for them in the DFL Fitouts & Joinery Ltd. Handicap Chase under the aforementioned Hayes.
Favourite Motown Girl was fatally injured when slipping up with a circuit to race in the David Flynn Ltd. (Mares) Maiden Hurdle.
Victory in the two-mile-five-furlong contest went to local trainer Con O’Keeffe’s 4-1 shot Kilbarry Angel.
Courtin Bb struck at 7-1 in the DFL Fitouts & Joinery Ltd. Handicap Hurdle and the concluding David Flynn Ltd. (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race went to even-money favourite Dumhach Thra.