Posted: 14th Oct 2015
THE withdrawal of Identity Thief turned the most valuable race on the first day of this two-day fixture into a non-event.
The Jessica Harrington-trained Modem was left with the simple task of beating the inferior Baby Jake, with winning connections picking up €13,000 for an exercise canter and the runner-up earning €4,000 for turning up.
Harrington said: “He’s in the November Handicap but he might not get a run. There’s the Grade 2 Wkd Hurdle at Down Royal, although in the back of my mind there’s the possibility of giving him a little break and coming back for the BoyleSports Hurdle in January. Anything that’s around for second-season novices we shall look at if the ground is good.”
Amateur rider James Slevin may now be based with Nigel TwistonDavies, but he does not mind travelling back to Ireland and his efforts were rewarded when Moylisha Tim landed the 2m4f maiden hurdle.
He was not the last horse off the bridle but outstayed his rivals to beat Silken Thomas by almost five lengths. The horse is owned and bred by Tim Farrell, who is a good friend of Tullow’s most famous current son, Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien.
Trainer Richie Rath said: “I’ve only had him since May and he’s improving all the time. He’s getting better and stronger every week and he’s just tough.
“James gave him a great ride from the front. He comes over to ride this lad. I asked him one day how he made it pay to come over to ride him, and he just said that he’s a good horse and he wouldn’t come if he wasn’t.”
Denis Cullen’s string have been running well without getting their rewards of late, but the victory of 20-1 shot See Me Here under Luke Dempsey in the 2m4f handicap hurdle seemed to give the trainer particular satisfaction.
See Me Here had been involved in a nasty pile-up at Fairyhouse on Saturday, but there were no ill-effects as he galloped to a convincing length-and-a-half victor y over Pace And Passion.
Cullen said: “He’s been frustrating and has had little problems along the way but in fairness to the syndicate they’ve been very patient and have let me do what I wanted to do with him.
“The good ground really suited him and everything worked out well.”
The eight-year-old is owned by members of the Broderick family, who are based at nearby Ballymore Eustace, and a few generations were in jubilant mood afterwards in everything from flat caps to school uniforms.
Cullen said: “Michael Broderick rang me looking for a horse about two years ago and I sold him this fellow because his bumper form had been very good. Things didn’t go right for him but we can relax a bit now."
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