There were tears of joy at Clonmel Racecourse on Thursday afternoon as Meath Jockey Aileen O’Sullivan rode her first-ever winner in the Clonmel Handicap Chase on board American Image.
The amateur jockey and AIB bank worker from Walterstown, couldn’t contain her excitement after winning the last race of the day for trainer Steven Millar.
Speaking to Kevin O’Ryan on Racing TV, an emotional O’Sullivan said: “I cannot describe it. It’s a dream come true. I couldn’t believe it. It means the world.
“This is why you get up in the morning. This is why we do it. I am so chuffed”
“I can’t believe it. The horse was as good as gold. I even thought we had another lap to go.
“He just jumped from fence to fence and the more I swung out of him, the more he wanted to go and fight me. He just never gave in. He was brilliant.”
When asked about Jack Kennedy looming up on her outside as they approached the last two fences, O’Sullivan laughed; “Looming!! I was terrified. I was like Jesus I better get rolling and he (American Image) just rallied up that hill. My God, when I needed him he just stuck his head down and wung them last two fences. I didn’t even have a chance to breathe between them, he was just lightening quick over them. His jumping saved the day, again, he was brilliant “
O’Sullivan is a former Meath LGFA and Walterstown player.
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.”
Robbie Downey with connections of ‘Miss Power’ after victory at Naas on May 1st.
Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey picked up his 2nd win in the month of May when he guided Mademoiselle Penny to victory at Cork on Saturday, May 6th.
Having gone through a barren spell of three months without success, Downey returned to the winners enclosure with Miss Power (7/1) for Edward Lynam on bank holiday Monday in a 5f handicap before adding to his roll of honour at Cork on Saturday.
The Patrick Flynn trained Mademoiselle Penny (9/2 2Fav) went 2 lengths clear inside the final furlong before drifting left under pressure but held on ahead of Alcander back in 2nd, with Jazz Ranger back in 3rd.
Downey will be hoping this is the start of a winning run as he continues his quest to reach his first 100 winners. He currently lies on 75.
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.
Browne pushes Swamp Fox out to win at the Galway Festival
Swamp Fox overcame a difficult wide draw to win the Connacht Hotel Handicap, the feature race on day one of the Galway Festival under county Kildare jockey Barry Browne.
Trained by Joe Murphy and ridden by delighted Kilcock man Browne, the four-year-old gelding had previously struck at Ballinrobe just a week ago yet was at the foot of the weights for this ultra-competitive contest.
Swamp Fox had to break from stall 18, but Browne did a superb job to muscle his way into contention and was good value for his two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of big eyecatcher Ted Veale, who could also run in the Galway Hurdle later in the week.
Jocular made plenty of the running in the extended two-mile contest for qualified riders before he was overtaken by Asbury Boss with about a mile to go.
Katie Walsh’s partner still held a narrow advantage heading into the final three furlongs, but Benkei then took control.
His challenge from the front was short-lived, though, as Swamp Fox (16-1) gained the lead at the top of the straight and never looked back.
Benkei ended up finishing an honourable third, while Renneti was fourth.
Browne said after the race; “I thought during the race i’m too wide here but coming down into the dip he was travelling so well. I probably got to the front way too soon but I knew he would stay galloping the whole way up the hill so I sent him on. Sure look he was carrying 2 stone less than some horses so I might as well have made use of it. It felt a long way home from that final turn but I was delighted to pass the line in front anyway. This is definitely one of my biggest winners anyway.”
Browne been intervied on At The Races after his victory.