Torrens can’t wait to get back in the saddle


IRISH horse racing will resume at Naas on June 8th with the first  behind closed doors meeting since March 24th. The Irish 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas will take place on the first weekend back at the Curragh on June 12th and 13th. The Irish Derby retains its traditional date on Saturday, June 27th, as does […]


Torrens hoping to keep busy


SIMON Torrens hopes to keep busy while horse racing in Ireland has been put on hold. The Castlederg jockey won twice in the final week of action, riding JP McManus’s Golden Sunset to victory at Downpatrick during Ulster National day in the Tote Supporting Downpatrick Handicap Steeplechase on Ulster National Day and he followed that […]


Bláthnaid’s stellar season set for recognition


SIXTEEN-year-old Bláthnaid Doherty has been notified that her stellar performances in 2019 will be recognised at the Showjumping Ireland Ulster Region Awards Dinner in Corrick House on February 8. A mainstay of the hugely successful Holy Cross College equestrian team in recent years, the GCSE student excelled individually last year also. She enjoyed a thoroughly […]


Double Grand Prix delight for Smyth Crystal Tom


JONATHAN Smyth and Crystal Tom continued their exceptional season at the weekend when they won two Grand Prix in Portmore to bring their tally to the season to eight. The duo won their seventh 1.40m Grand Prix title of the year on Saturday when Jonathan and Mulvin Lights Out finished eighth and the next day […]


Jonathan and Olivia claim titles at National Balmoral


TWO local showjumpers were in imperious form at the National Balmoral Championships last week where they earned a host of victories and accolades. Victoria Bridge’s Jonathan Smyth was undoubtedly the start of the show during the three days of competition, winning the 150 New Heights Grand Prix, the Underwriting Exchange National Grand Prix, the Ballyward […]


Holy Cross girls ‘jump’ to latest trophy success


HOLY Cross College’s equestrian team, last week, made the short journey to the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona to compete in the ever-popular Drumragh College Inter Schools Event. Competing in a large field of 10 teams, the Holy Cross girls were second to ride, and from the outset it was clear that they meant business! Carrying […]


Torrens gets off the mark with first winner


CASTLEDERG native Simon Torrens claimed his first ever national hunt win on Monday when he rode Rossmore’s Pride to victory in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at Down Royal. Having been due to race on Saturday, only for that opportunity to be closed due to a waterlogged course, Torrens was granted a second bite […]