40 SPORT TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 Master Grizzly is All Pet Supplies Irish Cesarewich champion Mullingar greyhound Stadium notes There was a fantastic atmosphere about Mullingar Greyhound Stadium on Saturday evening. Excitement was in the air in anticipation of the All Pet Supplies Irish Cesarewich in Race 8, and it certainly didn’t disappoint on the excitement scale. Fias Flyer and Abitofginger won their respective A8-10 Easter Midterm Madness 525 semi-finals in Races 1 and 2, with the Coss kennel putting back to back winners on the board in Races 6 and 7. David Murray also had a double with Boynepark Flight and Minnies Harp in Races 5 and 10 respectively. How- It’s not the first occasion that Meath-based Tony Martin has targeted a big pot. He flew to the other side of the world with Heartbreak City and nearly won Australia’s richest race - the Melbourne Cup in 2016. Now, he is chasing the world’s greatest steeplechase - the Aintree Grand National next Saturday. This is not an easy race to win because you may have the best horse in it, but some other horse that is not as good will get in your way or take you out at some fence or other. That happened to Tony McCoy on a horse owned by J.P. McManus, Clan Royal. They were six lengths clear going to Becher’s Brook on the second circuit, when a loose horse carried them out. The champion jockey had not won the big race up to that point and was thinking it was never going to happen, until Don’t Askit came along some years later. Luck plays a big part at Aintree. BEST PROSPECT Sponsored by the healthcare firm Randox and worth £1m, half of which goes to the winner, the ever, all eyes were on the Irish Cesarewich Final. RACE 1, A8-10 EASTER MIDTERM MADNESS 525 SEMI-FINAL, A8 525 Fias Flyer was a comfortable all the way winner of the opener here for John Farrelly. Smoothly into stride, she had her paws in front early and didn’t look back. Staying on well, she won by four and a half lengths from Quicker Mayo taking second and Moneyhill Siabh back in third. The winning time was 29.86. RACE 2, A8-10 EASTER MIDTERM MADNESS 525 SEMI-FINAL, A8 525 Abitofginger followed up on last week’s success to lead from start to finish again in this one for The- No-Cents-Syndicate. Swiftly away, she led by three into the back with Greenwell Anne the only threat as they entered the final turns. Abitofginger stuck it out, winning by a length and a half in 30.09. Boynepark Larson ran on for third. RACE 3, S8/10 350 Silverhill Sky was a smart winner of this contest for Eugene Buckley. Grand National is a marathon four miles plus, so you need to have plenty of staying power. And there are all those fences to be jumped. A few years ago, before they modified them, you would be wasting your time going there with a youngster. The majority of winners were really seasoned jumpers. Tony Martin’s candidate is Anibale Fly, an eight-year-old who was a good novice over fences and improved to win the Paddy Power Chase at the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown, after which he was entered in the Gold Cup and Aintree National. First to show, he led by a couple to the first and made it count. He skipped away on the run in to score by four lengths in 19.51. RACE 4, A8/10 525 John Foley’s Keel Spirit backed up confident market support here to win convincingly in the blue jacket. It was Looks Optimistic earning the early lead out wide, taking a two length advantage into the back straight. Keel Spirit made his move at the last however. Darting for the rails, he took the lead before opening up to score by four and a half lengths. The winning time was 29.93. RACE 5, A6/7 525 Glorias Pet was an early leader in this contest. However, showing plenty of speed down the back before taking it up into the third was the dangerous Corporate Box. Boynepark Flight had other ideas however. David Murray’s charge finished with a flourish to get up by half a length on the line in 30.12 for owner Darren Bannon. RACE 6, A5 525 The Patrick Coss owned Knockmay Paddy made no In the Gold Cup, Ainbale Fly put up his best ever performance, finishing third to Native River and Might Bite, four lengths behind the latter. Martin maintains that his horse is a real stayer and was doing best at the end of the Cheltenham race. The handicapper raised him by 9lbs after that, but the penalty does not apply until after next Saturday, so the horse has that advantage. The other consideration is how much is there in the locker after his Gold Cup exertions, but Tony says the horse is fine. Installed as favourite at 9-1 last week, it mistakes here in backing up market support. Snappily into stride, he took the rails early before opening up a three length lead as they entered the back straight. Staying on strongly, he won by four and a half lengths in 30.15 from Home Little Lite running on for second. RACE 7, S6/7 400 It was a back to back double for the Coss kennel here, with the Paddy Coss owned Big Boss Paddy winning this one unchallenged. Level away, he showed some fine early speed to lead comfortably to the first. He opened up down the back to win by an extending six and a half lengths in 22.15. RACE 8, ALL PET SUP- PLIES IRISH CESAREWICH 600 FINAL, AA0 600 Droopys Dargle was the Even money favourite for the main event, with kennel-mate Javielenko not far behind at 6/4. However, it wasn’t to be Pat Buckley’s night, with 8/1 outsider Master Grizzly pulling off the incredible upset. Out like a light, he led by a couple into the back from the chasing Crohane Ronnie, will be interesting to see if his owner, J.P. McManus, steps in for some of that during the week. STRONG TEAM The Irish winners have been thin on the ground at Aintree, only one in the past eleven runners. That was Silver Birch for Gordon Elliott in 2007, who also came close last year with Cause of Causes. This time, it’s Tiger Roll, winner at Cheltenham of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and opened by Gigginstown Stud, who managed to win both Grand Nationals before. However, Elliott would be hoping for better with Javielenko a further two back in third. Javielenko was looming in the leader’s wing mirrors as they turned for home. However, the line came in time for Declan Byrne’s charge. He won by a length in 33.21 for The-Button-Syndicate to the roars of the crowd. Congratulations go to all connections! RACE 9, A3 525 It was Kilrues Roger with the early lead here but Paddy McCormack’s Fork Lightning wasted no time down the back when taking it up on the outside. He ran on strongly from there to win by three and a half lengths in 29.86. RACE 10, A2/3 525 David Murray secured a double in the finale with the T.J. Kennedy owned Minnies Harp. Putting the red jacket to full use, she led narrowly into the back from Emze Dell in a menacing second. Minnies Harp found more on the run in, skipping clear to win by three and a half lengths in 29.77. TONY MARTIN FLIES TO AINTREE Aintree Grand National. ground, which is unlikely. Gavin Cromwell has booked Robbie Power for his horse Raz De Maree, the Welsh National winner. Another class horse is Total Recall, a faller in the Gold Cup, but probably best of Willie Mullins’ runners and a winner of the Munster National in October. This horse is owned by Lar Byrne and siblings; the lucky owners of former Champion Hurdler Hardy Eustace. Both horses spend the summer in Drumraney on good Westmeath land. Noel Meade may have a runner with A Genie In A Bottle, and husband and wife team Ross O’Sullivan and Katie Walsh will be represented by the grey mare Baie Des Iles, who like Anibale Fly is Frenchbred. LEOPARDSTOWN TRIALS One Curragh trainer, who praised his staff for their work in difficult conditions these past months, said recently the horses for the flat season were 6 weeks behind schedule in their preparation. The Leopardstown Trials, on Saturday, will feature Classic prospects Gustav Klimt and Alpha Centurai in the 2000 Trial and 1000 Trial respectively. Aidan O’Brien is keen to get another bit of experience for the smart Gustav Klimt, who has only had three races. But Jessica Harrington, who trains Alpha Centauri, will only run her if the ground dries out. Her Brother Bear is a 2000 Trial entry, but as a son of Kodiac, he may not get the Classic distance. Edith Egan and Paul Haide secure Sunday Doubles There was a good turnout at the Mullingar track on Sunday afternoon for another great card of live entertainment. As usual, there was free admission at the door with carver meals served upstairs. Moneyhill Sonny and Moneyhill Lizzie won Races 2 and 6 respectively for Edith Egan, while Paul Haide’s Bedrock Lass won Race 3. Haide secured his double with Stoneys Molly in Race 5. Ballymac Vardy was a very impressive winner of Race 7. RACE 1, A5/6 525 Shaneboy Julie was a fine winner of the opener for John Snell. Backing up market support, she skipped into an early lead and made it count. Repelling all raiders, she won by a length and a half in 29.89. RACE 2, A6 525 Ballyhobble Tom was an early leader here. However, he was swiftly passed as they approached the third, with Edith Egan’s Moneyhill Sonny taking up a confident lead. He opened up in impressive fashion to win by six lengths in 30.06. RACE 3, A6 525 Paul Haide’s Bedrock Lass won this one in all the way style despite the best efforts of Oasis Fantasy. Leading by a length to the first, she maintained that advantage as they rounded the final bends. Oasis Fantasy made his move on the run in but he came up short by a head. The winning time was 30.09. RACE 4, A5 525 Rosaleen Mooney’s Sunfield Jimmy took the spoils in this contest despite a sluggish getaway. Silver Simba took it up at the opening turns to lead down the back. However, Sunfield Jimmy soon made his move. Pouncing on the run in, he lunged on the line to get up by a neck in 30.34. RACE 5, A6 525 Rahina Jet was rapidly away here, but she soon faded with Stoneys Molly taking it up to lead by a length into the final bends from the chasing Phoenix Stan. Paul Haide’s charge had plenty in the tank on the run in, staying on to win by three lengths in 30.22 to secure his double. RACE 6, A5 525 Edith Egan had her second winner of the day here with Moneyhill Lizzie. Bective Abbigail took it up at the opening turns to lead narrowly into the back. However, Moneyhill Lizzie took the reins down the back to lead into the third. She opened up to win by three lengths in 29.97. RACE 7, A3/4 525 There was no stopping Ballymac Vardy in Race 7. Storming into an early lead, he opened up an unassailable advantage along the back straight. Liam O’Rourke’s charge kept on in relentless fashion to win by 10 lengths in 29.63 for owner Gerard McConnell. RACE 8, A4 550 Paddy McCormack’s Crackling Honey was a runaway winner of this contest. Leading by six lengths into the back straight, she showed no signs of slowing as they entered the last couple of turns. Puckane Vic ran on well late but came up three lengths short. The winning time was 31.33. RACE 9, A4/5 525 Kilrue Rose had the early lead here but she was soon passed by Leemount Lari along the back straight. Kilrue Rose refused to relent however. Oliver O’Sullivan’s charge rallied home with gritted teeth to get up by a head in 30.18 from the fast finishing Clonkeen Rex. RACE 10, A6 525 There was plenty of trouble at the opening bends here, with Rock The World skipping four lengths clear into the back straight. Tom Egan’s Abbeyville Blue soon got to work though. Taking it up as they turned for the judge, she opened up to win by three and a half lengths in 30.38. ONE TO WATCH Ballymac Vardy looked very classy in his Sunday performance for Liam O’Rourke. In very capable hands and no surprise to see more from him. RUNNER OF THE WEEK Master Grizzly upset all the odds to beat the Even money and 6/4 Buckley duo in the Cesarewich Final on Saturday. Congratulations once again to all connections.
TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS 41 Golden ending to Juvenile indoor season MULLINGAR HARRIERS ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES The domestic indoor season drew to a close last Saturday at the final day of the AAI Juvenile Indoors in Athlone IT and the Mullingar u/12 boys 4x100m team certainly ended their season in style! Having carried the baton across the finish line to secure victory for the Mullingar team in the Leinster relays some weeks ago in a new championship record, it was very disappointing that Kyle Faherty was unable to run with his team mates in the All-Ireland finals because he had been very ill during the week and was still recovering. However, that didn’t stop him being in Athlone to support the team and see James Flynn anchor the team in his place. An added incentive was that if the team won medals, Kyle would get one too, as he had been on the original team entry. The Mullingar team of Criostoir Ormsby, Conor Liston, Jamie Wallace and James Flynn made short work of the heats, winning theirs in the fastest time of the three heats and lined up in the final as favourites in the coveted outside lane. Criostoir Ormsby, Conor Liston, Kyle Faherty, James Flynn, Jamie Wallace – All-Ireland Indoor 4x100m u/12 Relay Champions after their win in Athlone IT. Any notion that it was going to be a close run race was soon dispelled as Criostoir, Conor and Jamie put in tremendous performances, leading all the way and when Jamie broke lane coming off the third bend he had a clear lead of over five metres, which increased further thanks to a flawless final changeover with James. Once he had the baton safely in his hand we knew it was all over and there was no catching James who sprinted furiously around the final bend and into the home straight to win. This was a brilliant team effort and it was great to see all five boys mount the top of the podium to receive their All-Ireland gold medals. LEINSTER 10 MILE SUCCESSES FOR MULLINGAR The “Battle of Clontarf” 10 Mile Road Race hosted by Raheny Shamrocks AC in a cold, wet and windy St. Anne’s Park on Easter Monday incorporated the Leinster 10 Mile Championship. There were 381 finishers in the Leinster race and first to finish for Mullingar was Eddie Newman in 18th place overall (58:58), easily winning his master age category by over eight minutes. Close behind came Gerry Gavin 20th overall (59:19), also winning his master age category but by a much closer six second margin. Finishing very strongly in 34th place overall was Pauric Brady (61:01), providing the vital third team score to see Mullingar finish first Club in the master men over 35 race. Congratulations to Eddie, Gerry and Pauric on their excellent individual and team performances. POD BRADY RACE WALK GRAND PRIX The Pod Brady Race Walking Festival in the Czech Republic last Saturday included the Czech National Championships, an International match and was a European Athletics Grand Prix meeting. Among the contingent from Ireland under the watchful eye of our own Michael Lane and getting a flavour of International competition was Rachel Glennon and Jennifer Fidgeon. Competing against top quality opposition and despite racing in very warm 17degC conditions, which was very testing for the girls, they both recorded personal best times in their races. Rachel competed in the gruelling senior women 20k race and put in a very good performance to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds, her first time under the two hour mark and a big personal best for her. Jennifer started well and kept in close contact with the leading group throughout the youth women (u/18) 5k, and found a little extra over the final kilometre to finish strongly in a fantastic seventh place in 25 minutes and 14 seconds, a new personal best for her but much more importantly is inside the qualifying standard of 25 minutes and 30 seconds set by AAI for the European Youth (u/18) T&F in Hungary in July. Jennifer continues to improve in race walking and this race marked a real breakthrough performance for her. KEVIN BAKER IN MANCHESTER MARATHON Billed as the flattest and fastest marathon course in the UK, the Manchester Marathon last Sunday attracted a huge entry and among the nearly 20,400 finishers was Kevin Baker. Kevin wisely started conservatively in around one hundredth place and by maintaining a very consistent pace he slowly worked his way through the field up to the 30k point when he Jennifer Fidgeon strides it out in the Youth Women 5k at the Poděbrady Race Walking Festival in the Czech Republic last weekend. had to ease back slightly, which cost him a few places, but he rallied again in the closing stages and was delighted to finish so well up in twenty sixth place overall in 2 hours 37 minutes and 44 seconds, placing him sixth in his master category. Congratulations to Kevin on a great performance. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE HYUNDAI “PAT FINNERTY MEMORIAL” 5K As everyone should know by now, this year there will be no road league in May but instead there will be a single race on the first Wednesday evening on a new fast slightly downhill straight course based out of Clonkill GAA. Entries are now open at www.myrunresults.com for €12 online or €15 on the night. We’ll also have a 1,500m race for boys and girls aged 15 and younger before the main 5k race. This is an important fundraiser for the Club, so we're calling on all members and parents of members that won’t be running to help in any way you can to make the event a success. Help is needed with registration, parking, water station, stewarding/traffic control on the course, refreshments (tea/coffee, food - sandwiches, cakes, buns etc) and lots of other jobs needed for a road race. Please contact any member of the Committee or Club Official to indicate your willingness to help on the night. Thank you in anticipation. LATEST NEWS For the latest results, news and details of all upcoming fixtures check the Club’s website www. mullingarharriers.com. You can also follow what is happening at the Club on our Facebook page. JOE BRAY MEMORIAL LEAGUES FINAL COLLINSTOWN PITCH & PUTT NOTES Joe Bray Winter League Winners presentation. From left to right: Stephen Ruane, Michael Flynn, Martin Carter (Competition Secretary) and Mark Foran. The Joe Bray Memorial League finals took place on Saturday last after a number of postponements due to weather related conditions. Although the course was quite wet in places the greens were reasonably good and an excellent final was had. The three teams involved were Team B - Darren Reilly, Alan Murray and Barry O'Donnell. Team E - John Browne, Anne Kelly and Jl. Scally and Team D - Steven Ruane, Ml. Flynn and Mark Foran. Team B were first home with a great score of +24 and we thought this couldn't be beaten but the final threesome home were Team D and they had a phenomenal score of +28 (14 up in each round). Team E had a score of + 21, which on another day, could have won. There were five teams entered in this competition and those were the top three. The prizes were presented by Competition Secretary Martin Carter. Thanks to John Browne and Ena Clinton who sponsored two of the team prizes. Thanks to Liz Quinn who purchased the prizes. IUNVA CUP The IUNVA competition will take place on Saturday next, 14 April at 1.00pm. WESTMEATH INAUGURAL MASTERS The Westmeath Inaugural Masters competition will take place on the Collinstown course on Sunday next the 15th April, commencing at 9am with last card at 2.30pm. It is sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald (Davitt & Davitt). Prizes are Gents; Senior; 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Gents Intermediate 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Gents Junior 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Ladies: 9 and Under 36 Gross and 10 handicap and over 36 Gross. Entry fee per individual - €10. Refreshments available. This is a Westmeath County Board competition. DES McMANUS CUP The Des McManus Cup competition will take place on Saturday 28th April with a starting time of 1pm. PLAYER OF THE YEAR The Player of the Year competition commences on Wednesday, 25 April with two start times of 6pm and 6.30pm. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Alan Hanlon who represented the Collinstown club on the European team who won the Inaugural Fernando Morgado trophy against South America in Chile recently. Well done Alan. We also congratulate Liam Buckley and Barry O'Donnell who won the Donie Weldon club doubles (last year’s 2017 event). They defeated Kevin Joe Bray Winter League Runners-up presentation. From left to right: Darren Reilly, Alan Murray, Martin Carter (Competition Secretary) and Barry O’Donnell. Farrell and Aaron Kennedy in a thrilling final on Thursday evening last. Joe Bray Winter League Third Place presentation. From left to right: John Browne, Anne Kelly, Martin Carter (Competition Secretary) and Michael Scally.