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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.

7 up for Maynooth jockey Davis

Maynooth jockey Sean Davis claimed his 7th career win when he partnered Repare Mon to victory for the second successive week at Dundalk tonight, April 7th.

Repare Mon (4/1) was one to follow tonight after overcoming trouble in running to triumph at the same venue last Friday and she duly followed up in the Kingbet Handicap this evening.

Davis explained afterwards: “She travelled a lot better tonight over the further trip (two miles as opposed to a mile and a half) and I was confident enough coming into the race.

“They went steady and then up the back we started to pick up a bit.

“Turning in I thought they might sprint away from me but she was good. I got a gap down the rail and she picked up. She won well.”

Trained by Tom Mullins and owned by Joseph Fitzpatrick, the Big Bad Bob filly eventually got up to beat Marino Marvel by 2 & 3/4 lengths, with favourite My Manekineko back in 3rd.


7th Winner

Meanwhile Sean Davis further explained: “That’s my seventh winner and third around here.

“My agent Kevin O’Ryan is doing a great job for me and getting me plenty of good rides.”

Photo copyright of Healy Racing.

Maynooth Jockey Davis Enjoys Dundalk Victory

Maynooth jockey Sean Davis secured his 6th career win when partnering Repare Mon to victory at Dundalk racecourse on Friday night, March 31st.

Davis, who works for Michael O’Callaghan in the Curragh, steered the 8/1 shot to success for trainer Tom Mullins, tracking the leaders early on before forging his way through to take the lead 1 furlong out and staying on to take the ‘Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap’.

The young Maynooth man is no stranger to winning and has previously landed the spoils for trainer Donal kinsella in a valuable €150,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Northfields Handicap at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions weekend in September 2016.

Davis has worked very hard to date in his career, coming through the Racing Academy Centre Of Excellence RACE at the Curragh, landing a job with O’Callaghan soon after.

Double Delight For Downey At Dundalk

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Robbie Downey returns to the parade ring onboard Poitin after their latest victory.

With Aintree capturing the attentions of the horse racing world across the water, Kildare jockey Robbie Downey was busy enhancing his already growing reputation at home with a double at Dundalk Racecourse tonight, Friday 8th of April.

With no runner in the opening race, Downey entered the action in the second where he partnered the Edward Lynam trained ‘Mega Lady’ to victory in the Bet & Watch at titanbet.co.uk Handicap over the minimum 5 furlongs. The 7/2 shot beat the 6/4fav Go Kart into 2nd place by 1&3/4 lengths, with Strategic Force a further head back in 3rd. Coincidentally Downey had ridden Go Kart to victory in two of his six rides previously.

Downey doubled up for the night in the 8:30 onboard course specialist ‘Poitin’ at the very attractive odds of 8/1. The Keith Clarke trained 6-year-old beat Ancient Sands by 3 lengths into 2nd place, with Carried a further nose back in 3rd. It was Poitin’s 5th course win, tonight’s victory coming over 1m,4f. Once again there were jubilant scenes after the race from Poitin’s owners, the Phoenix Bloodstock Syndicate

Winning trainer Clarke said after the race; “I thought off 78 (rating) she might be caught out but she proved me wrong once again. She will probably venture into black-type company and see if she’s capable. She’s after winning five for me and is entitled to have a go but it will have to be on good ground. I’m still adamant that she will ho hurdling as she jumps well. I have to give a special mention to Kenny McCrossan who rides her at home and who was adamant that she was the best she has been all season”.

Poitin had been the gamble of the day, going from her 16/1 morning price into 7/1 before drifting slightly back out to 8s just before the off.

Clarke later added; “That was lovely. She improves every time we come back. In a better class of race they went a good gallop the whole way and she got a lovely run”.

  • Downey’s double would have landed you odds of 40/1.