Despite having been off the track since last October, the Mick Winters-trained Rebel Fitz was unsurprisingly all the rage to make a successful comeback as the 9-10 favourite. For much of the two-and-three-quarter-mile journey everything appeared to be going to plan, with the 18-time winner showing all of his old exuberance and it looked a case of how far he would win by when he began to stretch clear from the second last. Rebel Fitz had to make do with the runner-up spot on his return to action as Cailin Annamh took gold in the At The Races Chase. However, the lack of a recent run began to tell up the punishing hill and Cailin Annamh, who had earlier made the running, came back at the market leader and got up by two and three-quarter lengths. Colour Squadron was back in third. Winning trainer Jessica Harrington said: “She had a wind operation and that’s why she was so long coming back. I put the tongue-tie back on today and a pair of blinkers as she was not doing a thing in Killarney. “She made just one mistake at the open ditch and it was a mistake. It was a brilliant ride by Robbie (Power) and I knew she would stay going on the run-in. “I don’t know what the handicapper will do to her.” Winters was not too disappointed with the effort of the runner-up. He said: “It was a super run and he jumped like a buck. It’s a long run up the hill and the lack of a run just told on him. “The plan is the Slan Abhaile (at Listowel), and he may go for the Cesarewitch after that.” Dollar And Dream provided Tony Martin with another Galway winner in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle. Having finished third in similar events at Tipperary and Limerick in the spring, the six-year-old was the 7-2 favourite for the opening contest on the final day of the week-long Festival at Ballybrit. Leading conditional Shane Shortall was happy to play the waiting game and Dollar And Dream remained nearer last than first jumping the second flight from the finish. However, he began to motor before the home bend to move into contention and knuckled down well from the last to beat Afatcat by three and a half lengths. Martin said: “He needs to be ridden with confidence. Shane was very good on him – that was a Ruby Walsh or Paul Carberry job. “That’s the track for him, going up the hill and they are coming back to him. On quicker ground they don’t come back to you. “He’s a chaser in the making.” Martin made it six for the week when the heavily-backed Whatsforuwontgobyu (5-4 favourite) reeled in the enterprisingly-ridden Easter Spirit to claim the JPK Fencing Handicap. Easter Spirit and Seamie Heffernan had kicked clear rounding the bend, but a confident Fran Berry – crowned leading Flat rider – was alive to the move and had no trouble cutting him down for a very easy eight-and-a-half-length success. Martin said: “We’ve always thought he was a nice horse, but it has taken a while for the penny to drop. “He’s versatile and won his hurdle at Sligo. He’s a dual-purpose horse and a nice prospect going forward.” Martin, who won the Galway Hurdle on Thursday with Quick Jack, added: “It’s been brilliant, it was great to get off the mark on Thursday and add a few more.” Dermot Weld secured a fifth winner and top trainer honours on the points-based system as the long odds-on Almela came home in splendid isolation on her debut in the Trappers Inn European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden. Winning jockey Pat Smullen said: “This filly has got a bit of class, she has plenty of quality and she picked up very well. “When the penny dropped she raced very professionally, it’s not easy first time round here.” Willie Mullins ended the week how he started it as Fugi Mountain (5-4 favourite) made it eight over the seven days with a straightforward victory in the concluding Fr. Breen Memorial under son Patrick. The result meant Mullins lost out by a single point to Weld in the trainers’ battle, 57-56. Press Association
Eire Og Annacarty Donohill take on Killenaule in the County Senior Football Championship this evening.Throw-in is at 7.30 in Leahy Park, Cashel.In West Tipp Minor A Football action Galtee – Golden face Rockwell – Rosegreen in Bansha at 7.15 while at the same time in Minor B it’s Cappawhite Gaels against Clonoulty Rossmore in Cappawhite. There’s a 7 o’clock throw-in for the Mid Tipp Minor B Football game between Upperchurch Drombane and Boherlahan Dualla in Drombane.
Brian Carr is welcomed into the Sinn Fein party.Brian Carr is welcomed into the Sinn Fein party.Well-known Glenties-based community activist Brian Carr has joined Donegal Sinn Féin.Brian, who had previously contested last year’s local elections as an Independent Candidate for the Glenties Electoral Area, was warmly welcomed into the party during the party’s Convention last Monday.Speaking on the night, the Glenties native said that he is incredibly proud to now have joined the party and that he is now looking forward to his future as a party activist. “I am of course incredibly proud to announce that I am now a member of Sinn Féin – the most supported party in Ireland today.”“I decided to join Sinn Féin for a number of reasons; the party is the only political organisation in Ireland which has shown that there is a better, fairer way and Sinn Féin offers a viable and comprehensive alternative to the failed, austerity driven politics of other parties.”“I can honestly say that I am committed one hundred per cent to Sinn Féin and I look forward to being heavily involved with the party going forward.”At the Sinn Féin Convention on Monday night, during which Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn were selected as the party’s forthcoming General Election candidates, both Deputies welcomed Brian to the party and praised him on being a committed community activist and for his wilful commitment to Sinn Fein. WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL COMMUNITY ACTIVIST JOINS SINN FEIN was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:Brian CarrGlentiesSinn Fein