AS anyone who has ever stood waiting for a Dublin Bus to come can tell you, “You wait for ages and then two come at once”. Winning rides can be a bit like that for jockeys, who frequently go through dry spells, as their bosses’ yards are quiet, horses are in need of a break or ground turns against the fancied mounts.
Hard though it can be to weather the dry spells (or more frequently the wet spells), determination usually pays off and the past couple of weeks have certainly seen Donegal’s jockeys enjoy a successful streak.
Luke McAteer kicked off proceedings with his win on ‘Whispering Royal’, which was sufficiently impressive to draw comment from a number of racing pundits.
Dylan Browne McMonagle followed with another impressive double at Dundalk last Friday, when he steered both ‘Excesso Velocidad’ and ‘Wajaaha’ to short distanced wins.
On the Australian circuit, Rathdonnell man Martin Harley went one better, when he rode a welcome treble on the Gold Coast. Martin recently moved out to the sun with his fiancée and has wasted no time in making a mark on the Queensland racing scene.
Oisin Orr, never having ridden a treble, decided to keep the ball rolling for the county when he landed a four-timer at Wolverhampton on Saturday. With two winning rides for his boss, Richard Fahey and one for Lambourn trainer, Owen Burrows under his belt, Oisin went out on the seasoned campaigner ‘Crownthorpe’ and added the last race to his tally to make it a day to remember for all his supporters at home.
With many tough days to face over the season, the good days are all the sweeter to savour.
Well done lads.
Keep it up!
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