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Paul Carberry – Jockey Profile


While some jockeys are known for their major title wins, others tend to better known for their jovial personalities to make up for a lack of wins. Thankfully for Paul Carberry, he manages to combine the two of them together. Having retired in 2016, Carberry was an impressive jockey with many big wins along the way in a career that’s seen its own fair share of highs and lows as time went on.

Known for his time on the back of Harchibald, where he arguably formed his best partnership, Carberry was a jockey known for an irrepressible spirit and a personality that made him stand out amongst his contemporaries. However, his career was also known for having its fair share of controversies.

Career Summary

While winning the Grand National in 1999 and the Welsh National in 2013 bookended a happy and successful career, Carberry was a man known for sometimes attracting controversy during his career. From being sentenced to jail for lighting a newspaper on fire during a flight (we’ve all done it!), to failing a breath test in 2009, he’s been involved with a few brushes with the law.. some would argue that he’s missed out on some opportunities during his career beecause of this.

Take that away, though, and you have a very impressive and talented jockey waiting at the other end. Recognised for both his personality and his quality in performance. It’s the classic style of Carberry to be involved in controversy as well as the big wins – a mix that has provided a memorable career and character. While he’s now retired, the sport will miss his eccentric and engaging nature.

Achievements & Highlights

Major Wins – Grand National (1999), Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2004, 2007), Christmas Hurdle (2004, 2008), John James McManus Memorial Hurdle (2005), Welsh National (2013).

Associations – Harchibald, Sausilito Bay, Nicanor, Florida Pearl, Beef or Salmon, Solerina , Harbour Pilot, Hairy Molly, Bobbyjo.


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Alluringly Must Bounce Back from Chester Cup Disappointment


Source: BBC Sport via Twitter

The Chester Cup presented an opportunity for Alluringly to enhance her reputation at the Cheshire Oaks. Trainer Aidan O’Brien was searching for his third win on the bounce at the meet, with Diamondsandrubies and Somehow triumphing in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The Bay Filly had form on her side ahead of the race, having recorded her maiden victory at the Fillies Maiden in her last outing at the Tipperary Races.

As a result of Alluringly’s win in Ireland – she was expected to rise to the occasion and maintain O’Brien’s winning streak at the Cheshire Oaks by adapting to English conditions.

The American horse was considered a leading contender for the meet, being backed as one of Oddschecker’s tips of the day to string back-to-back victories together. However, despite a decent outing, she was narrowly beaten to the post by Enable, ending O’Brien’s winning streak at the meet.

The Irishman has a task on his hand to get Alluringly back to winning form for the rest of the season, with Epsom Downs on the horizon and the Investec Oaks showdown. O’Brien has done a solid job over the last year to get the Bay Filly into contention after a tough start to her career, which began last October.

Alluringly made her bow in a crowded field in Curragh at the Fillies Maiden and although she had talent, the American horse was not considered one of the leading contenders to taste victory. That showed in her performance as she struggled to match the pace of the leaders, although a decent finish towards the end of the meet yielded a seventh-place finish out of 25 competitors.


Source: AtTheRaces via Twitter

With only six days of rest, O’Brien threw the Bay Filly back into action to get further action under her belt ahead of an important 2017 season.

Alluringly did have an outside chance of victory with decent odds to claim her first win, but a slow start to the meet in Naas proved costly, and she finished slightly off the pace of the leading pack to come in fifth as Wayside Flower triumphed.

Following a six-month break, the American horse returned to action at Tipperary at the Fillies Maiden. The three-year-old was considered among the top two horses in the field alongside Dabulena, but on this occasion, she rose to the occasion with an excellent display to beat her nearest rival by four-and-a-half lengths with a strong finish down the final furlong.

As a result of Alluringly’s comfortable win in Tipperary, she was considered the favourite for the first time in her career at Chester. However, the three-year-old did not have the pace to match Enable – as Frankie Dettori and John Gosden snatched the victory from O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

There are important races ahead of the American horse this term, with the Epsom Downs and Ascot on the horizon. O’Brien has moulded the Bay Filly into a strong competitor and it would be no surprise to see Alluringly bounce back from the first disappointment of her career to claim victories at the prestigious meets later in the term.

2:30 – 5th May – Musselburgh Racing Tips EBF Maiden Stakes

AN EBF Maiden Stakes over 5f. Six two-year-old take part, four with race experience. 

Primo’s Comet made his debut in the Brocklesby and displayed inexperience with a slow star, swishing tail and bucking like a bronco. Unless a huge transformation looks unlikely to figure here. The odds illustrate no particular hope.

Hypnotic Dancer has raced twice and shown little ability. 

Debutante Holmfirst is trained by Paul Midgley who has few winners on their racecourse bow. 

The three major contenders follow.

David Barron is a trainer of note and someone to respect with debutantes. Shanghai Elastic This bay filly is a daughter of Swiss and 5,000G purchase at the yearling sales. This trainer from Maunby, North Yorkshire has respectable win and place claims when priced 13/2 & less SP. It is a slight concern that this youngster costs a small amount of money.

The two principle hopes have both shown a level of ability with respect to the opposition. 

February foal, Faithful Promise, was originally entered to run in the Brocklesby Stakes but Mark Johnston opted for Wolverhampton. This daughter of Acclamation was relatively fancied but faded into sixth place. That was a strange race and the form has been somewhat patchy since. I had the feeling this filly was expected to have gone much closer and to that extent disappointed. That assessment seemed to hold water with a much sharper performance at Leicester. She finished second best to Capla Dancer who won at odds of 66/1. Such a huge priced winner does give the impression it wasn’t the strongest of contests. To be fair, that is probably part true. However, it is difficult to assess form at this time of year. Faithful Promise ran creditably and I feel the stable consider she has the ability to progress. 

Richard Fahey has been in exceptional form this season and Shobrom ran in a competitive maiden at Newmarket. This bay colt is a son of Acclamation and £70,00 yearling purchase. It was no disgrace to finish sixth, beaten by just four lengths.

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Conclusion: Most look unlikely winners and the major three hopes are worthy of interest. David Barron is a trainer of merit and Shanghai Elastic but a cheap purchase. On statistics, she holds each-way claims. The price of the horse is a concern. Faithful Promise has probably proven and should run well but may be a short price. If starting big odds-on I would be careful. In truth, there may be one horse in opposition. Shobrom ran well on debut is what is likely to be a stronger contest than seen at Leicester with Faithful Promise. If Fahey’s representative drifted to a bigger price it may be worth a bet. If both are under 2/1 I would take a watching brief. 
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