Bellewstown day two - a Meath theme

Story by Conall Collier

Friday, 5th July, 2019 12:40pm

Bellewstown day two - a Meath theme

Gavin Cromwell (left) and Brendan Swan in the winners' enclosure at Bellewstown last night.

There was a real Meath flavour in the winners' enclosure at day two of the Bellewstown July Festival where trainer Gavin Cromwell was in double form again after two winners at Mussleburgh on Wednesday evening.

And in particular it was a night to party for Brendan swan and the members of the 'Here For A Good Time Syndicate' as they welcomed Tritonix back into thewinners' enclosure for the first or Cromwell two after a thrilling one-mile and six maiden.

Swan was in action at the 2019 World One Armed Golf Championship last month at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club in Scotland.

After a week-long event the final was an all–Irish affair contested by Cian Arthurs of Roganstown Golf Club and Swan (Co Meath) with the Trim golfer having to settle for the runner-up position. 

Not so last night at Bellewstown and there was a huge cheer when Tritonix was announced a winner by a short-head and other members of the syndicate include racing journalist Dave Keena  and another journalist and broadcaster Denis Kirwan.

“I'm delighted with that, she idled a bit but I suppose he had to go on with her, she could well go to Galway  next," stated the trainer who, following his next winner, was called in by the stweards to explain an improvement in form in both Ally Cay (winner) and runner-up Finsceal Rose.

"I knew she wasn't useless, but she disappointed the last day and I was scratching my head, we tried the visor on her and it obviously woke her up," said the trainer.

Stamullen trainer Tom McCourt also made it into the winners' enclosure for Devenish Nutrition Fillies Handicap with Lady Scathach short-heading the Michael Mulvany-trained Passing Trade.

Tom McCourt has something to smile about after  Lady Scathach won.

The Eddie Lynam-trained Dubai rainbow was third and the Ger Lyons-trained Scream made it an all-Meath firsdt four past the post.

“It was very tight, I thought she was nabbed and I think she was headed and came back again,” said a delighted McCourt.

The Noel Meade-trained Dinard Rose was on the mark for owner Nina Carberry and was supported from 15/2, before going off a 7/2 co-favourite of three to win at a mile and six for the first time for talented young jockey Andrew Slattery from Millford Sound.

"All she wants is a trip, she wants two miles actually, she just keeps going and going," stated the trainer. The Edward delaney-trained Loudest Whisper was third.

A family success for Nina Carberry and her husband Ted Walsh junior and daughter                                                                              Rosie at Bellewstown last night.

The most exciting finish of the night was between Trim jockey Colin Keane and Moynalty man Declan McDonogh who dead-heated in the second race with Stanhope and True Blue Moon respectively.

Stanhope was returned the 7/2 favourite for trainer Damian English while True Blue Moon (Jospeh O'Brien) was returned at 5/1.

Track manager Kevin Coleman and his team were busy throughout the evening making sure that everything went according to plan and that the patrons had an enjoyable evening.

A bit of banter between Bellewstown track manager Kevin Coleman                                                                                                          and top trainer Ger Lyons .

The big screen opposite the enclosure showed the action as it happened and also the racing from Tipperary.

The weather co-operated and the relaxed atmosphere in the enclosure and the excitement amongs the children in the outside area meant that a visit to Bellewstown was enjoyable for everyone with lost of catering facilities and plenty of refreshments.

Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh was also there and in a brief interview outlined the support provided for the next phase of the development of facilities at the track - some 110 permanaent stables.

The HRI Racecourse Capital Development scheme will provide €221,000 towards the €554,000 cost of works that  includes the construction of the stables, a development that will significantly reduce operating costs for the racecourse as the rental of temporary stabling will no longer be required.
Friday 5th July (First Race 5.10)

Saturday 6th July (First Race 4.40)

Wednesday 28th August - evening

Thursday 29th August - evening.




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