O’CALLAGHAN MAKING HIS MARK

O’callaghan Making His Mark
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Andrew Balding

Michael O’Callaghan’s decision to expand the family business by taking out a training licence is starting to look a wise one after Bogini gave him a second British winner in the space of a week at Sandown.

Based in Rathangan in County Kildare, O’Callaghan goes by’MD as his father shares his first name and the pair concentrate on breeding and consigning for much of their time.

Bogini is one of only two individuals he has run so far, but has already crossed the Irish Sea four times this year and was following up a ready success at Bath the previous Friday with a similar performance under a 6lb penalty in the Mediforce Independent Ambulance Handicap.

Sent off the 13-8 favourite, she only needed Matthew Cosham to free her from a pocket before she skipped two and a quarter lengths clear of Jocasta Dawn.

“We were on the way back home and we got the phone out and found out there was another race over here,” said O’Callaghan.

“She only had a couple of canters and came back over, she travels so well. I’d say her next race will be at Tipperary on June 28.”

Smartly dressed and bright, young O’Callaghan looks a name to follow.

“I’ve only had the licence for six weeks,” he said. “We mainly get horses ready for the breeze-ups and we have 10 broodmares at home.

“I bought this horse out of Tracey Collins’ last year as a broodmare prospect and she’s one of two older horses. We’ve a few two-year-olds to come soon.”

It was interesting to note Andrew Balding suggesting possible Group options for Operation Chariot (11-4) after his smooth debut in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Arcing EBF Maiden Stakes.

The son of Refuse To Bend looked fit in the paddock and travelled nicely under Jimmy Fortune, putting his stamp on the race in the last of the seven furlongs to come five lengths clear of Sublimation (13-8 favourite).

“He’s from a Sadler’s Wells family out of a Darshaan mare, so it’s a good mix,” said Balding.

“It’s not a complete surprise as he was working well but we were hopeful rather than confident.

“He’ll get further and I suppose we could look at something like the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket or back here for the Solario.”

Ed Walker continues to look another bright young addition to the ranks with Faithfilly making it five wins from the stable’s last nine runners.

Weak in the market and sent off 5-2 on a drop back to the minimum trip for the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Sprint Maiden, Faithfilly was never in any evident danger from her nearest pursuer, the newcomer Hasanan.

“First time she ran at Beverley over five we thought she might want a bit further but she didn’t get home at Newbury and Newcastle and it turns out a stiff five just suits her,” said Walker.

“Neil Callan said she got through the soft ground but didn’t like it. We’ll keep our feet on the ground for now.”

Eddie Ahern was given a three-day careless riding ban (June 29-July 1) for his ride on Classic Art.

Sarah Humphrey runs an impressively tight ship with her jumpers and it is proving the same story on the Flat as Jim Crowley pushed out Chain Of Events (7-2) to an easy win in the mediforce.org Handicap.

“He was my first win on the Flat when he won here last month and he’s now qualified for a £100,000 bonus if he can win the feature handicap here on September 1. That will delay his hurdling career!” Humphrey said.

“Jim felt he handled the ground but didn’t say he loved it.”

Crowley needed to use a little more force to complete a double on 2-1 favourite Ultimate Destiny in the Beck Handicap.

Mark Brisbourne enjoys his occasional trips to Esher and came up trumps again with Silvas Romana (8-1) in the Mousetrap Challenge Cup Fillies’ Handicap.

“I had one runner last year and it won, and my first runner here this year won,” said the Shropshire trainer

“She’s certainly versatile as she can run left-handed, right-handed, on straight courses and on ground like this. She’ll probably go back to Chester some time.”

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