Hightimeyouwon landed his first success for the yard & owners Shamrock Thoroughbreds last Wednesday when winning the Floodlit Fridays Return To Dundalk Handicap under stable apprentice Cian MacRedmond.
The Garswood gelding, who was having his third run for his new connections following his £18,000 purchase at Tattersalls UK August Sale, was kept in rear of mid-division by Cian in the early stages with a fast pace set by early leader Hypernova.
When they turned for home, Cian moved his mount to the outside to challenge the early protagonists entering the 2 furlong marker and then swooped by in the final furlong staying on well to beat fast finishing stablemate Hodd’s Girl by three quarters of a length.
Speaking afterwards, Ado said, “We were drawn very wide which was a real killer, so we put a visor on him to try and make him go forward early doors, which did help & I think that’s what won it for him.
He’s a huge big horse, a smashing horse, and I’d say he’ll be better on the turf. We were trying to get a win with him because he had run so well.
I’d usually give him a little break about this time and he’ll probably go on a break now. We might look at the all-weather finals in Lingfield, there is a good pot there, or maybe wait for the grass.
He was a cheap horse at the sales, his form was there but he had lost it. He was quite disappointing last year and we said he was a horse worth taking a punt on. He wasn’t overly expensive compared to what you usually have to pay for them. He was second in a Bold Lad on Champions Weekend and won a good pot down in Cork.
I am also delighted also for Shamrock Thoroughbreds’ biggest supporter, The Harold House. They have been involved since the start of the syndicate 5 years back and this win today has been their 42nd winner.”