Category Archives: Horseracing

Downey Makes Perfect Contact At Ayr

Kilcock Jockey Robbie Downey timed his run to perfection as he got the favourite ‘Contact’ up to pip ‘Headingley’ by a head in ‘The Gribbens Taxis Median Auction Maiden Stakes’ at Ayr today.

Downey, who was riding for trainer David Barron, settled the 2 year old early in the race, making headway to chase the leaders from the two furlong marker, keeping on well inside the final furlong, before pipping ‘Headingley’ and Jason Hart on the line to take the win by a head, with ‘Berry Edge’ back in third.

By Robert Cox

Maye continues along the right path at Dundalk

Having recently enjoyed three successes on the bounce with Geological, Maynooth Jockey Vanessa Maye once again teamed up with trainer Damian English to win with another of Dundalk Races favourite sons, Tribal Path, in the Crown Plaza Dundalk Race and Stay Handicap Division II, at the County Louth track this evening.

Maye, now claiming 7lb, partnered the nine year old to his eighth career victory on his 79th start, picking up her fourth career win as a jockey in the process.

Along with picking up the win, Maye would have been equally excited by the fact that her older sister Jessica rode in her first race under rules, when she partnered up with the John Geoghegan trained ‘Lady Boomerang’

Geological may well be the perfect match for Vanessa

Well done to local Jockey Vanessa Maye who partnered ‘Geological’ to victory at Dundalk Stadium tonight for trainer Damian English.

The combination were victorious for the third-successive time and the 800-guineas purchase has now won eleven races for trainer English and around €200,000 in prize-money.

It was Geological’s 102nd career start.

Well done to all involved. Maye is now up to three career wins, remarkably all on Geological. A match made in heaven. 🐎

Maye is a former Scoil Chóca Naofa and Scoil Dara student, who is riding on the crest of a wave 🌊

Some people took to Twitter to show their support after the race; “Geological, 3 in a row. What is going on, Vanessa Maye has unlocked the Frankel within”

“Vanessa Maye’s 10lb claim is golden”

“Vanessa Maye is getting some tune out of Geological lately”

The winning jockey said after the race; I’m so lucky to get to ride this horse and it’s great to get the hat trick on him”

Geological continues to put Maye on the map

Geological recorded his twelfth career success as he kept on best to land the Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Handicap, giving Kildare jockey Vanessa Maye her second career win in the process.

The Damian English trained seven-year-old also provided the young apprentice Maye with her first career win here a fortnight ago.

The son of Rock Gibraltar raced prominently alongside top-weight Gordon Lord Byron before been pushed along into a narrow lead from early in the straight, going on to maintain that advantage all the way to the line, going on to prevail by three parts of a length.

Veteran Gordon Lord Byron was second under Colin Keane while Urban Beat was a further half a length back in third, with Shane Kelly onboard this one.

Winning trainer English was full of praise for both Geological and Maye after the race; “What a horse.

“When he’s rated below 80 he’s lethal and with Vanessa’s 10lb claim that brought him below 80 again.

“What a servant, that’s his 12th win. What more can I say and he’s going to keep going here all winter.

“Vanessa said he absolutely tanked to the start and in better form than he was the last night.

“We’ve always tried to qualify him for Lingfield but it’s just never happened. Maybe this year we’ll have a go at it again and we’ll see what happens.

“The horse is in great form and we’ll keep tipping away.

“You could see there tonight with Colin (on Gordon Lord Byron) taking him on and Vanessa using her head. She’s a very very good rider and she’s one of the best apprentices I’ve seen.

“She keeps horses balanced, she doesn’t complicate it and she has a good head on her shoulders.”

Maynooth Jockey Maye partners Geological to famous Dundalk victory

Young Maynooth Jockey Vanessa Maye rode her first career win onboard ‘Geological’ in the ‘Book your Christmas party at Dundalk 7f handicap’ at Dundalk Stadium tonight.

The victory was one of the most popular on the night as ‘Geological’ won on his 100th career start and 55th (5wins) at the County Louth track, giving Maye her first victory.

Maye got the eventual 22/1 winner to the front one furlong in and found herself two lengths clear with two furlongs remaining, before extending that advantage and though they were slightly reeled in close to home, they held on well.

‘Geological’ has a habit of giving jockeys their first career win, with 10lb claimer Maye the 3rd jockey to benefit from the Damian English trained legend crossing the line with its nose in front.

English gave his reasons for booking the highly rated Maye; “We thought her 10lb claim would come in handy and he’s won twice before for girls so we thought we’d give it a go. That’s the third jockey he’s given a first winner to as well”

The former Scoil Choca Naofa and Scoil Dara Kilcock student, who works out of Jack Davison’s yard in Dunboyne has a very promising future.