Joseph O’Brien struck first at Gowran Park on Monday afternoon where the Shane Crosse-ridden Millswyn landed the 8f maiden. Racing in the colours of Melbourne Cup hero Latrobe, the 10/1 shot got on top close to the line to win from the Aidan O’Brien-trained 4/11 favourite Il Paradiso. Jim Bolger was also among the winners as newcomer Leagan Gaeilge landed the fillies’ maiden at odds of 14/1 under Kevin Manning.
Joseph was also among the winners at Dundalk on Friday evening where he supplied Shane Crosse and his own brother Donnacha with successful rides. Eagle Song landed the 7f nursery handicap at odds of 15/8 favourite under Crosse while Donnacha O’Brien steered 4/1 chance King’s Field to a narrow victory in the 7f handicap.
Willie Mullins enjoyed a double at Punchestown on Wednesday and Ruby Walsh rode his first winner since returning to the saddle after injury when landing the 2m4f maiden hurdle on 4/11 favourite My Sister Sarah which is now unbeaten in two starts having won a bumper at Roscommon in August. Royal Illusion gave the champion trainer a second winner when impressing under Patrick Mullins in the bumper despite drifting in the betting market from 9/4 to 7/2.
Willie Mullins landed the Grade 3 Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown on Wednesday with Ruby Walsh partnering Cadmium to a cosy success. Owned by the Supreme Horse Racing Club and Kenneth Sharp, the 15/8 chance comprehensively turned the tables on Ornua which had finished in front of him at Roscommon to record his second success over the course. Mullins added Bath to the list of British racecourses he has had a winner at when 6/4 favourite True Self won a listed contest at the Somerset venue on the same afternoon. Leading amateur rider Richie Deegan landed the bumper at Punchestown when teaming up with the Liz Doyle-trained newcomer Chapmanshype.
Piltown trainer David O’Brien scored with Cusp Of Carabelli at Tramore on Thursday afternoon. Owned by the Fastey For Fun Syndicate, the 7/1 shot won the 2m5f maiden hurdle under Sean Flanagan. His near neighbour Joseph O’Brien landed two winners at Leopardstown on Saturday which propelled Shane Crosse to the head of the apprentice jockeys’ title race. Arcturus, an 8/1 chance, easily landed the nursery handicap while 5/2 favourite Perfect Tapatino got up late on to pip outsider One Cool Poet in the 12f handicap.
Tom Mullins landed the opening auction maiden hurdle at Cork on Sunday with 4/11 favourite Court Maid which record a comfortable success for owner Rory Larkin. It was another big week for Joseph O’Brien and he enjoyed further success at Naas on the same afternoon as 5/1 chance Downdraft landed the 10f maiden. The winner was ridden by his brother Donnacha.
Gordon Elliott added another famous Grand National to his list of success when he won the Grade 1 Grand National Hurdle Stakes at Far Hills in New Jersey on Saturday. Owned by the Sideways Syndicate, the seven-year-old was made the 13/10 favourite and won well in the hands of Robbie Power from the Emmet Mullins-trained Tornado Watch.
Today (Tuesday): Gowran Park (First Race 2.15pm). Wednesday: Navan (2.05pm). Thursday: Thurles (2pm). Friday: Dundalk (6pm). Saturday: Leopardstown (1.25pm), Galway (2.05pm). Sunday: Wexford (12.50pm), Galway (1.05pm).