Momentous success for Slaneyside Manus – By Anne Marie O’Brien
After the long, three-month Covid-19 shutdown, racing got back to a flying start last night with four meetings taking place – and the honour of winning the very first race in the country after the resumption went to Oylegate, Co. Wexford, the home of Slaneyside Manus.
Enniscorthy’s meeting kicked off early, at 6pm, and Manus, owned and trained by Philip O’Brien, won the opening race on the card, for A7/A8 class, in 29.68, by a fine nine lengths, his first win in six races.
Philip and his son, also Philip, were delighted with the result. Philip junior said: “He ran a super race. He was fairly fit, but got a good break.” In a way, the timing of the Covid-19 shutdown worked out well for Manus. “He’s in right form. He was young enough before this but has matured a good bit in the meantime,” Philip added.
The O’Briens keep eight or nine dogs in their kennel and Manus, a June ’18 son of Scolari Me Daddy ex Slaneyside Magoo, was their only runner on Thursday night.
With racing taking place behind closed doors, it was one person, one dog at the tracks, but all at Enniscorthy were very happy to be there. Philip said: “A lot of people were glad to have the racing back again.”
They hope to have another runner or two on Monday night and to get Slaneyside Manus out again within the next two weeks.
An added bonus was that it was a good night too for Manus’s breeder, Derek Kehoe, who won three of the eight races on the card at Youghal with his Slaneyside team, O Dea, Kyle and Marly.
*This will be the last online article on the ICC website for the moment as the Sporting Press will be back soon, on a fortnightly basis, with the first issue on sale on July 2. We look forward to featuring many more owners, trainers and breeders in the Sporting Press. Many thanks to all who spoke to us for the articles, took the trouble to take and send us lovely pictures of their dogs, and who read and shared the articles over the past three months.