Local Rookie Trainer From Newry Gains First Victory

Farrier Ross Tumity from Newry gets his first track winner as trainer

Custers Mistake gave farrier and rookie trainer Ross Tumity from Newry his first track winner when claiming the Toals Hurdle with Derry rider Dara McGill aboard.

The winner raced handy prior to challenging between horses after the last with Stockdale having attempted to make all while the Willie Mullins-trained Surf Club had every chance at the last but was soon beaten having won over fences four days previous at Tramore writes Joe Kavanagh.

Custers Mistake ridden by Dara McGill passes the winning post in the Toals Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle.

Mc Gill said: “He bounced off the ground tonight. I waited and got a fresh hold of him at the last. Ross told me he would go close.”  

A thrilled Tumity added: “ I’m lost for words… I can’t believe it as at times you wonder if it’s all worth it.  He was working well at home but he’s a big horses and I was worried about the tight track. I can’t describe the feeling of winning today and all the family here.”   

Much fancied Frontal Assault trained by Gordon Elliot and ridden by Jack Kennedy led but fell back towards the end of the race.

Trainer Gordon Elliott claimed the Randox Ulster Grand National with Jumping Jet after the dramatic departure of Peaches And Cream when holding every chance at the final fence.

“However, his trainer’s Ask Anything finished second. The winner made up very considerable ground downhill and only sixth prior to the final fence but kept going with the very talented Carl Millar aboard. 

Elliott said: “ It’s great to win this race especially for Mrs Mc Connell who had horses with me even before I had a license.  The Northern racegoers are great people and I love coming up.” 

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Millar said: “ That was brilliant I can’t thank Gordon enough as he’s been very good to me. 

“I rode him cold for two miles and he stayed on very well.  Gordon told me put your head down and work hard.”  

The delighjted owners of Jumping Jet that won the Randox Ulster Nation… Jayne and Brian McConnell from Ballyclare.
Ask Anything ridden by Keith Donoghue was overcome in the final stretch by Jumping Jet, on the right, ridden by Carl Millar to win the Randox Ulster National Handicap Steeplechase.
Jumping Jet ridden by Carl Millar enters the winner’s enclosure after winning the Randox Ulster National.

The result was a very local victory with the owners Jayne and Brian McConnell from Templepatrick while the winner was bred at Comber by David Mitchell.  

The winner readily went further clear after the last for a facile victory denying the other joint favourite Gone For Tea.  Kennedy said: “ He was a bit keen and needs to learn to settle as he was doing too much at times.”  

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Trainer Gordon Elliott added: “ He’s no Presenting Percy but did it well as he’s not the biggest horse in the world..”

Jack Kennedy went seven clear in the jump jockeys’ title race with an excellent front running ride on Valsorpresa – a half-brother to the high class Presenting Percy in the opening maiden hurdle. 

Valsopresa ridden by Jack Kennedy surges up the home straight.

The very well supported Razdan under a very daring late lunge up the inside by jockey Kieren Buckley landed the Fitzgerald Memorial Hurdle beating Eco Pete which looked assured of victory at the last while the short priced favourite The Great Unknown was one paced from the final flight to fill third. 

Razdan ridden by Keith Donoghue, centre, positioned well to run up the home straight to win the Billie and Bertie Fitzgerald Memorial Maiden Hurdle.

Kieran Buckley said: “ I need to thank Keith Donoghue who was due to ride and advised Chris get me. 

“He told me how to ride him and after the last I decided if there was a narrow gap I would go for it.  He loves the undulating tracks.” The winner was having his first start for former jockey Chris Timmons.

The Mick Winters-trained Kilbrin Rocco sprang a 40/1 shock victory with Shane Fitzgerald aboard the winner of the handicap hurdle which was always handy racing third before leading at the last and stretching clear beating favourite Benjis Benefit into second. “

“The victory warranted the eight hundred mile round trip for Winters, one the great characters of the Irish scene,” Fitzgerald said.

“I knew he was travelling very easily. Mick told me to try and get him to switch off”.

“I was happy with him last time and Shane gave him a great ride.

“I wish they would put on more races for horses that haven’t been to the sales – that costs a lot of money and there are plenty of owner breeders.”

Son Of Hpnos trained by Kevin Smith with teenage nephew James in the saddle won the handicap chase having ran third before leading at the last denying the bold front running attempt by Attitash which had to settle for second.  

The eighteen year old James Smith only back from a spell based with Jonjo O’Neill completed a double when steering Another Choice to success in the concluding three mile chase trained by his father Matthew. 

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