Times Past at Bellewstown

1962

Erindale Boy who won the Meath Hurdle in 1962 was one of the most regular horses to appear at the meeting in the early sixties. Trained by Eamonn Delany he was ridden by Mr Eamonn Delany when he won, he had half a length to spare over Ballydavid ridden by Liam McLoughlin. Erindale Boy was placed third in successive runnings of the Wintergrass Steeplechase in 1964 & 1965 and was second to Felspar in the 1966 running of the Duleek H’Cap Chase.

Chally Chute, that inveterate letter writer to the Irish Field, trained his only winner at the course when Medusa II, owned by Lord Harrington and ridden by Nicky Brennan, won the 1962 Her Majesty’s Plate

Duffcarrig, one of Tom Dreapers summer specialists, won his first race at the course when providing Pat Taaffe with a rare Flat winner in the 2 mile Collierstown H’cap. He followed up by winning successive runnings of the Joseph Bellew H’cap Hurdle in 1963 and 1964. He was also placed second to Migoli Slipper in the 1mile 5 furlong Hilltown H’cap in 1967.

Yonder He Goes who won the 3 mile Wintergrass H’cap Chase in 1962 was gaining a well deserved success in this race. He was placed second in the same race in 1958 and, also, in 1960, and was third in 1963. Yonder He Goes was ridden to success by Willie Robinson and he was owned and trained by Co Carlow gentleman Oliver Hardy Eustace Duckett, after whom dual champion hurdler Hardy Eustace was named.

1987

Tom Mc Court, the Stamullen jockey and later trainer, rode the second of his two Bellewstown winners when he steered Saintfield to success in the Michael Moore 4 yr. old Novice Hurdle. He was trained by the late John Harty.

Seamus Murphy had the pleasure of winn his own race when Mr. Myster won the Murphy Sand & Gravel H’cap over 1 mile. Starting at 25/1 he was trained by Pat Martin and ridden by P V Gilson.

Flower from Heaven, trained by popular Tipperary handler Christy Kinane and ridden by his nephew M J Kinane, showed her liking for the 5 furlong trip at the Hill when winning the 5 fur. H’cap in 1987. She won the same race the following year and was touched off by Littlepace the next year (1989).

2002

The Jack of Trumps syndicate got their first winner on the flat when New Design, trained by David Wachman and ridden by Tadgh O’Shea won the Kilsharvan European Breeders Fund 2 yr. old maiden over 5 furlongs.

Sean McManus, the well known local businessman, had a popular local success when his Macs Valley won the 2 mile Sam Dennigan Maiden Hurdle. He was trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh.

Paddy Mullins saddled Liberman to win the Eddies Hardware ‘Goodbye to the Hill’ winners Bumper for owner P J O’Donovan and jockey Mr Keith Mercer. The following year (2003), now trained by Martin Pipe in England, he won the bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, being A P McCoy’s only winner at the Festival that year.

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