Leopardstown hosted their final flat meeting of 2010 on Sunday and the rain softened ground made it heavy weather for a lot of competitors. The Kevin Prendergast trained Tis The Shot (IRE) coped just fine with conditions and produced a career best to land the Listed Eyrefield Stakes. Prendergast was quite chuffed with the colt, saying; He’s a hardy boy. We weren’t intending to run but when we saw the race was cutting up we took our chance. He’s very versatile and should be a good Group 3 horse for next year.” Tiz The Shot is owned by a syndicate of ten called the On Target Syndicate and was bred by J McGarry. Frank Barry who buys a lot of horses for Kevin Prendergast purchased the colt at last years Orby Sale in Goffs for only €30,000, which looks money very well spent. Sundays victory was also a major boost to Tiz The Shot’s Azamour half sister, catalogued as lot 998 in the Goffs Breeding Stock sale in three weeks time.
What A Charm (IRE), another Goffs graduate was an impressive winner of the Leopardstown November Handicap for John Oxx and owner Chris Jones. The daughter of Key Of Luck was bred by Kenilworth House Stud and was sold by them at the Goffs Orby Sale for €110,000 to Kevin Ross. What A Charm will now embark on a hurdling career for Arthur Moore and her ability to handle testing ground could see her having a big future at that game. Her full brother Australia Day has already shown himself to be a high class hurdler for trainer Paul Webber.
James Nash has not been training all that long but the former amateur rider and assistant to Willie Mullins has made a big impact in short time and gained another big win with Luisant in the Listed Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown. The sprinter is a model of consistency and has only finished out of the money once in his last 14 runs. Nash, who trains on the Curragh has done a fine job with him and is already looking forward to next season.