Impressive win by Long Running Train

first_imgThe progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1). Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualifiedlast_img read more


first_imgThese are the TEN things is looking forward to in our wonderful county in the coming year. Why not send us details of what you are looking forward to?1 – The Donegal senior GAA footballers proving that 2011 was no flash in the pan and that Jim McGuinness and the boys can go all the way this season. 2 – Snow in February! Buckets of it but please let it last just a couple of days. We all need our yearly fix.3 – Daniel O’Donnell taking a break. Okay we’re only joking but has anybody noticed how Daniel wasn’t off the radio or the television for the entire festive season?4 – A long, hot summer. Not just two days here or there but a month or two of heat during which we can eat fish and chips at 10pm on Rathmullan beach, walk for hours in Glenveagh National Park and play golf in our shorts in Ballyliffin.5 – Shay Given and Seamus Coleman having outstanding European Championships. Both are true sporting ambassadors and deserve all they accolades and praise that comes their way. 6 – Bundoran and Donegal being recognised as a real surfer’s paradise as waveriders from around the world flock here.7 – Pothole-free roads from Raphoe to Redcastle. Okay so it’s only a dream but surely we’ll all entitled to a small return for our road tax?8 – Some peace, closure and respect for Donegal’s many survivors of clerical sex abuse.9 – Anne Marie Ward taking part in the crossing of Bering Strait without turning into a human ice cube.10 – That Donegal’s thousands of emigrants scattered around the globe make a real difference wherever they are.   TEN THINGS DONEGALDAILY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2012! was last modified: January 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anne Marie Wardbundorandaniel o’donnellJim McGuinnesspotholesShay Givensummerlast_img read more