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Robbie Downey: From Kilcock to Kolkata

It’s January 22nd 2019 and County Kildare man Robbie Downey is sitting alongside fellow Jockey and friend Leigh Roche in the departure lounge of Mumbai Airport. The pair are waiting to board a flight to Kolkata and as they do so Robbie thankfully takes the time out to return a WhatsApp call I made earlier in the day.

Downey arrived in India two months previously in November for their winter season, not knowing what to expect and leaving the safety net of his family and friends many thousands of miles behind him. And though there was always going to be a certain amount of fear and trepidation, he took the jump, feeling he had nothing to lose; “Ahh yeah to be honest I felt the timing was right. Things had gone a bit stale at home and I had moved to England for a short period but this was something that I always felt I wanted to do so when the opportunity arose I grabbed it with both hands. I am grateful Leigh is over here as well as it could be a lonely place without a familiar face. ”

Arrival

“I came here in November for their Winter Season. Coming over was a bit of a shock, one of my first thoughts were oh no what am I letting myself in for, this reaction hit as the plane began to descend into Mumbai. I could start to smell the river as it flows out to sea and the unbearable stench of the sewage coming from it. When we hit the city of Mumbai itself for the first time the first things I noticed were the people everywhere, the constant noise and the heat that just hit us when we got out of our taxi. Walking through the city I found there is so much pollution, mainly from the fumes of the exhausts and to be honest I found it hard to breathe at times. In fairness though we found out pretty quickly that the lifestyle is okay for jockeys over here. I found that the natives around Mumbai are either really rich or really really poor. It was a wake up call to see people starving to death on the side of the road. It woke me up and made me realise how lucky I actually am.

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Double Delight for Downey

Kilcock Jockey Robbie Downey rode a double for Thirsk trainer David Barron at Redcar Racecourse last Monday evening.

‘Venturous’ (9/1) struck late to win the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Handicap Stakes to complete the double while earlier in the day Downey stayed cool to win the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Stakes aboard Frosted Lass (9/2), outstaying favourite Tomahawk Ridge.

Downey spoke after completing his double about his hopes to raise his profile as a freelance jockey after coming over from Ireland; “I tested the water towards the end of last season for a few weeks, then rode in India during the winter. It’s going well but I’m just trying to pick up more rides.”

Photos from Redcar Racecourse twitter.

Gabrial is the one for Davis

Maynooth Jockey Sean Davis partnered ‘Gabrial The One’ to victory in the ‘Thyme People Handicap Stakes’ at Chester Races on Saturday afternoon.

The Richard Fahey trained horse, who was 4/1, came home 3/4 of a length in front of ‘Never Do Nothing’ back in second place, mounting his challenge just outside the furlong mark before taking the lead inside the final furlong, to run on rather cosily in the end.

For five pound claiming apprentice Davis, who is one of the leading candidates to capture the British Apprentice Championship this season, it was a first win at Chester, as he continues to make a name for himself across the water. Davis currently sits at the top of that said championship.

Richard Fahey had his say on his official Twitter page following the win; “Winner number four is Gabrial The One and a winner at Chester for Dr Marwan Koukash. He did it really nicely under apprentice Sean Davis.”

Davis partners Furzig to victory at Thirsk

It’s another win for our local jockey Sean Davis, who partnered Furzig to victory at Thirsk Racecourse Ltd (Official) last night for trainer Richard Fahey Racing.

He also had a winner at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Friday night as he got favourite Glasvegas up to win.

Davis is one of the leading contenders to take the British Apprentice Championship, even at such an early stage in the season. And you can follow all of his fortunes here at Robert Cox Sport, your number one for local sport đź‘Ť

Puppy named Meath’s Top Dog

Jockey Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power was last night named Meath’s Sportsperson of the year for 2017 at an awards ceremony at Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim.

The Moynalvey man enjoyed great success during 2017 alongside the Jesssica Harrington trained Sizing John, capturing a triple crown of Gold Cups at Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Punchestown.

There was double reason to celebrate in the Power household as Robbie’s father Cpt.Con Power received the Hall of Fame award on the night.

Downey Powers His Way Through At Fairyhouse

Captain Power (with Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey onboard) justified 9/4 favourtism to come through the eye of a needle and win the featured six furlong handicap at Fairyhouse yesterday.
 

Downey onboard Captain Power


A previous winner at the County Meath venue, Edward Lynam’s charge had seemingly nowhere to go as Palavicini Run challenged the pace-setting Geological a furlong out.

However, Downey managed to squeeze the five-year-old between that pair and he picked up nicely to score by three-quarters of a length from Palavicini Run.

It was Downey’s 4th winner onboard Captain Power as he pointed out on his Instagram feed last night; “4th win on this legend Captain Power”.

Trainer Lynam was in optimistic mood after the victory; “It’s good to get. Punters are sharper than me as I thought he was bad value at 5/2 favourite”

“He’s been a bit of a bookmakers friend the last few times. I suppose he’s a bookmakers friend today too as he (the Powers) owns him!

“Robbie gave him a very good ride. He’s not simple and we took the hood off today. He’s always been a highly strung individual and wore the hood for a reason.

“We took it off him because he was nearly doing the job too well. When you were pressing button A you were getting button B.

“He battled it out well today and seems to like going around a bend. He’s won twice here and twice at Leopardstown.

“It panned out well and we’ll try and find another handicap for him. He wins one or two a year. Last year he won two and they took one off me.

“We’ll try and win two again this year. People tell me he’ll get seven but I’m not so sure.”

Kildare Rose visits Curragh on Guineas weekend

Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill at the entrance to the Curragh

Kilcock native Deirbhle Mulvihill who was named as the 2017 Kildare Rose in April continued her duties at the weekend with a visit to the Curragh races at the popular Guineas meeting.

Deirbhle who plays gaelic football for Cappagh is said to have had a fantastic day and even appeared in the picture round of a table quiz, with many people mistaking her for one of the Seoige sisters!!

Best of luck to Deirbhle with all her rose duties and with a busy few months ahead, the best is surely yet to come.