Chris Hayes has been in flying form of late and was again among the winners at Ballinrobe on Monday as Final Treat obliged in the On-Course Vets Fillies Maiden. The three-year-old winner was making her second start for the Ado McGuinness stable having previously been in training with William Haggas in England. The 11/1 shot ultimately ran out a comfortable six-length winner of the 1m1f contest.
Hayes further added to his season tally on Thursday as he partnered Madhmoon to victory in the Irish concluding Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown. Trained by Kevin Prendergast, the two-year-old was also making his racecourse debut and raced wide turning for home before quickening impressively in the straight to put his rivals to the sword.
Ballingarry’s Billy Lee has been enjoying a similar level off success this term and notched up another winner at Gowran Park on Wednesday on the Willie McCreery-trained Mazzuri. The three-year-old filly was sent off a 4/1 chance for the 1m1f event and proved very game indeed to stay on best off all despite a strong challenge being laid down by both Check Your Pockets and Passing Trade in the closing stages. A half-a-length ultimately separated Lee and his fellow county man, Chris Hayes, who was aboard the runner up.
Weekend cards also proved kind to Limerick riders and it was staunch Limerick hurling fan Mark Enright who set the tone for a memorable weekend courtesy of victory aboard Ask Susan in the opener at Tramore on Friday evening. The winning six-year-old, trained by John Nicholson, eventually had half-a-length in hand of her nearest rival passing the judge.
Hayes also got in on the act over at Dundalk on the night where he took the winners cheque in the concluding race of courtesy of Iiex Excelsa which was priced at 9/10 to score in the Bar One Racing Telebetting 1800 624 524 Maiden and ultimately had a neck to spare in victory.
He again added to his seasons tally at Tramore on Saturday as he partnered the Fozzy Stack-trained Toreen Katie to a short head victory in the Ashtown House Stud Irish EBF Fillies Maiden at odds of 11/8. There was further Limerick representation in the winners’ enclosure later on the card as Billy Lee also registered a short head success aboard Acrux Cass in the Dan Cowman Memorial Maiden.
Madhmoon and Chris Hayes win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF C&G Maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday.
THIS WEEKS FIXTURES:
Monday August 20: Roscommon (e) First Race 4.45
Tuesday August 21: Sligo (e) First Race 5.10
Wednesday August 22: Killarney First Race 2.00
Thursday August 23: Killarney (e) First Race 4.25
Friday August 24: Kilbeggan (e) First Race 5.10
Friday August 24: Killarney (e) First Race 4.45
Saturday August 25: Killarney First Race 1.25