Dramatic win for Dolly Dancer

Sunday, Aug 18 2019

Dolly Dancer was a dramatic winner of the Europcar Mares Beginners Chase at Tramore.

With the race seemingly in safe keeping, Brian Hayes’ mount made a hash of the second last – where he collided with the wing and came almost to a standstill.

In the process of doing that, the 5-2 shot badly hampered the Rachael Blackmore-ridden Ayr Of Elegance.

Having lost all momentum, Ayr Of Elegance ceded second to Darling Miss on the run-in, before staying on again close home – suggesting without the interference, she would have gone very close to winning.

Instead, Emmet Mullins’ charge – who was briefly headed by Darling Miss – won by a length and three-quarters.

Hayes said: “She ducked right to run out at the second last, and did really well to get back up and win.

“Emmet is at the hurling match and has had a great Galway, and has now had two wins here at Tramore. It’s great to ride a winner for him.”

Blackhillsofdakota made a winning start over timber in the Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park Maiden Hurdle.

The 6-4 favourite was not fluent at times – but his class shone through at the finish under JJ Slevin, leading home stablemate Frankincense.

Both horses, now with John Halley, used to be trained at Ballydoyle.

Assistant trainer Josh Halley said: “He was gelded at the back of his Aintree run, and has come back very nice for it.

“We chanced our luck a small bit by running him at Aintree, because it was his third run in 18 days. We learned our lesson, and will take it nice and handy with him now.

“We’re going to aim for a novice hurdle after this and will go from there. JJ gave him a great ride.

“We were very happy with Frankincense and were expecting both horses to run well, so we’re happy. A more galloping track would suit Frankincense more, but Tramore has been a lucky place for us.”

Prunella Dobbs’ Westmead (9-2) went one place better than on his hurdling debut, in the Comeragh Veterinary Maiden Hurdle.

“It’s only his second run over hurdles, and that was very satisfying,” said Dobbs.

“His jumping was excellent, and he is a nice horse for the future – we’ll see what the handicapper does with him. He loves that ground – which is surprising, because he is such a big, strong horse but I think summer ground is nice for him.

“I have a small number of horses, split half and half between jumpers and Flat horses and had a winner at Leopardstown on Thursday – and my horses are going well. I won my first race as a trainer here on August 20, 2002.”

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