Declan Queally attained a notable milestone by recording a 200th points success aboard Fenno’s Storm, whom he also trains, in the Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens open. The recent Tallow runner-up Fenno’s Storm made his way to the front after two out and he clearly had the measure of Murdo Mackenzie on the approach to the final fence with three lengths duly separating the pair.
The triumphant bay went to the head of affairs before two out and he was clearly possessing all the aces on the run to the final fence as he ultimately fought off the renewed effort of Rocky’s Silver by two lengths in the silks of Askeaton-based bookmaker Brian Collins.
“But, he was sick after that race and we had to put him on a course of anti-biotics. He has been working well at home recently and he could now go to the Cheltenham festival sale next month, or if not, he will run in a bumper.”
The winning son of Winged Love stylishly asserted on the descent to the final fence to dispose of fellow pacesetter Nine O Three by eight lengths in the colours of the Boro Rovers Syndicate that comprises Pat Breen, Brendan McNamara, Tom Casagrandre and Donie Sheahan.
Winters reported: “The late Con Cott from Churchtown, who only died last week, was also a member of the syndicate that own this horse. He used to get an awful slagging from the fellows in the pub about this horse, but we will do the work for him now. We will aim him at the hunters chase in Tipperary in a couple of months’ time.”
Trio For Rio made most of the running and, although error-prone on occasion, the winning son of Getaway stormed back to the front after the penultimate obstacle to beat ex-track mare Steak And Spuds by six lengths.
“He’s not really a frontrunner, but he will learn away the whole time and he will now go for a winners race," said Mangan of Trio For Rio, owned and bred by the meeting’s honorary treasurer Barry O’Driscoll.
“I only have her three months and the Gain Mares’ Final at Ballynoe next month will be the target now, “said Mangan of Ballybrowney Walk, representing Patrick Pyne from Rathcormac.
Definite Dilemma, owned by his handler’s brother-in-law Martin Houlihan and partnered by the latter’s 19-year-old son Conor, made a victorious debut in the Dungarvan confined hunt maiden four weeks earlier. This event reflected a step up in class, but the result was never in doubt once the patiently-ridden Definite Dilemma eased to the front after two out en-route to disposing of the mare Piece A Cake by a distance.
In the absence of trainer Kiely, his wife Breda reported: “Definite Dilemma is a lovely horse and the plan now is that he will go for a bumper.”