Downey Powers His Way Through At Fairyhouse

Captain Power (with Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey onboard) justified 9/4 favourtism to come through the eye of a needle and win the featured six furlong handicap at Fairyhouse yesterday.
 
Downey onboard Captain Power

A previous winner at the County Meath venue, Edward Lynam’s charge had seemingly nowhere to go as Palavicini Run challenged the pace-setting Geological a furlong out.

However, Downey managed to squeeze the five-year-old between that pair and he picked up nicely to score by three-quarters of a length from Palavicini Run.

It was Downey’s 4th winner onboard Captain Power as he pointed out on his Instagram feed last night; “4th win on this legend Captain Power”.

Trainer Lynam was in optimistic mood after the victory; “It’s good to get. Punters are sharper than me as I thought he was bad value at 5/2 favourite”

“He’s been a bit of a bookmakers friend the last few times. I suppose he’s a bookmakers friend today too as he (the Powers) owns him!

“Robbie gave him a very good ride. He’s not simple and we took the hood off today. He’s always been a highly strung individual and wore the hood for a reason.

“We took it off him because he was nearly doing the job too well. When you were pressing button A you were getting button B.

“He battled it out well today and seems to like going around a bend. He’s won twice here and twice at Leopardstown.

“It panned out well and we’ll try and find another handicap for him. He wins one or two a year. Last year he won two and they took one off me.

“We’ll try and win two again this year. People tell me he’ll get seven but I’m not so sure.”

Downey’s trip to Cork worth every Penny

Robbie Downey with connections of ‘Miss Power’ after victory at Naas on May 1st.

Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey picked up his 2nd win in the month of May when he guided Mademoiselle Penny to victory at Cork on Saturday, May 6th.

Having gone through a barren spell of three months without success, Downey returned to the winners enclosure with Miss Power (7/1) for Edward Lynam on bank holiday Monday in a 5f handicap before adding to his roll of honour at Cork on Saturday. 

The Patrick Flynn trained Mademoiselle Penny (9/2 2Fav) went 2 lengths clear inside the final furlong before drifting left under pressure but held on ahead of Alcander back in 2nd, with Jazz Ranger back in 3rd. 

Downey will be hoping this is the start of a winning run as he continues his quest to reach his first 100 winners. He currently lies on 75. 

Downey Makes Long Trip to Tipp Worthwhile

Downey and Knockmaole Boy after their recent success at Ballinrobe.

Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey partnered 5/2 Knockmaole Boy to victory at Tipperary racecourse tonight in the ‘Buy online at Tipperary Races.ie handicap over 1m, 1f.

The Johnny Culloty trained second favourite tracked the leaders halfway around before progressing turning into the straight and taking the lead entering the final furlong, going on to win by a length to 20/1 shot Belclare Boy, with favourite Windsor Beach a further 3/4 of a length back in 3rd.

The win is Knockmaole Boys’ 2nd in a row, with Downey onboard on both ocassions, the previous win coming at Ballinrobe on June 21st.

Downey’s career wins total now stands at an impressive 65.


 

Double Delight For Downey At Dundalk

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Robbie Downey returns to the parade ring onboard Poitin after their latest victory.

With Aintree capturing the attentions of the horse racing world across the water, Kildare jockey Robbie Downey was busy enhancing his already growing reputation at home with a double at Dundalk Racecourse tonight, Friday 8th of April.

With no runner in the opening race, Downey entered the action in the second where he partnered the Edward Lynam trained ‘Mega Lady’ to victory in the Bet & Watch at titanbet.co.uk Handicap over the minimum 5 furlongs. The 7/2 shot beat the 6/4fav Go Kart into 2nd place by 1&3/4 lengths, with Strategic Force a further head back in 3rd. Coincidentally Downey had ridden Go Kart to victory in two of his six rides previously.

Downey doubled up for the night in the 8:30 onboard course specialist ‘Poitin’ at the very attractive odds of 8/1. The Keith Clarke trained 6-year-old beat Ancient Sands by 3 lengths into 2nd place, with Carried a further nose back in 3rd. It was Poitin’s 5th course win, tonight’s victory coming over 1m,4f. Once again there were jubilant scenes after the race from Poitin’s owners, the Phoenix Bloodstock Syndicate

Winning trainer Clarke said after the race; “I thought off 78 (rating) she might be caught out but she proved me wrong once again. She will probably venture into black-type company and see if she’s capable. She’s after winning five for me and is entitled to have a go but it will have to be on good ground. I’m still adamant that she will ho hurdling as she jumps well. I have to give a special mention to Kenny McCrossan who rides her at home and who was adamant that she was the best she has been all season”.

Poitin had been the gamble of the day, going from her 16/1 morning price into 7/1 before drifting slightly back out to 8s just before the off.

Clarke later added; “That was lovely. She improves every time we come back. In a better class of race they went a good gallop the whole way and she got a lovely run”.

  • Downey’s double would have landed you odds of 40/1.

 

Warrior Downey claims first win of 2014:

By Robert Cox

Young Kilcock jockey Robbie Downey picked up his first winner of 2104 on board Regal Warrior at Dundalk Racecourse last Friday night, 14thFebruary.


Having been drawn in the outside stall ten, Downey settled the JJ Lambe trained 20/1 shot in mid division early on in the 1m 4f handicap and though he looked to have been out-paced at the 3 furlong mark, he took the horse to the inside rail within the final furlong, picking off three or four contenders at will before he got up to cross the line a ½ length in front of the long time leader First Friday.


And though this was the Ballycaghan mans first winner since the turn of the year, it was his eleventh overall as he continues to make joint strides in the world of flat racing. All of Downey’s winners to date have come at the polytrack course at Dundalk but it is only a matter of time until the nineteen year old conquers another course if given the chance.

Downey, who works for county Meath trainer Edward Lynam, had one other ride last Friday in which he finished eight on the fancied Blue Bullet, trained by fellow Kilcock man Vincent Ward. 

Winners Keep Coming for Kilcock Jockey Downey

By Robert Cox

 

 

                       Young Kilcock Jockey Robbie Downey enjoyed more success in the past week, picking up two more winners at Dundalk racecourse. Downey, who had already enjoyed a fruitful year prior to last Wednesday’s meeting at the county Louth track, added to his seven winners on board the Peter Casey trained Hello Humpfrey in The Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Handicap (Div 1) over a distance of 1m 2f. The eventual winner, who was drawn in stall two and went off the 7/2jf beat 9/1 shot Wagadoogoochoochoo  into second place by a neck, with Lilly The Lioness a further ¾ lengths back in third.

 

 

                           Downey who is 17 and working for county Meath trainer Edward Lynam, added to Wednesday’s victory just two days later and once again it was Dundalk that proved to be a happy hunting ground for the former Scoil Dara student as he steered the Jane Foley trained Fleet Captain (6/4fav) to a ¾ length win over Eljowzah, to claim The Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Handicap (Div 1) – 7f, Race. This brings to nine the total of winners the Ballycaghan native has racked up in 2013 and his career as a whole and though he has no rides booked for the coming week, one thing is for sure the name Robbie Downey is one we will be hearing more about in the coming weeks and months.

 

 

 

7-UP For Kilcock Jockey Downey at Dundalk

By Robert Cox

Young Kilcock apprentice jockey Robbie Downey claimed his seventh winner of the year and indeed of his short career at Dundalk last Friday night, 22nd November. Downey, who is 17 and working for trainer Edward Lynam, steered 2/1 favourite Doc Holiday to a 3/4 length victory in the 7f Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Rated Race.

Downey has become something of a specialist around the county Louth all weather track, with all seven winners to date coming from there. As well as riding four winners for his county Meath based boss, the promising teenager has also rode three for Peter Casey.

The first of his winners came way back on the 8th of February this year and one could be forgiven for thinking the floodgates were going to open and that you’d be riding winners every week, but Downey worked hard, put his head down and when he finally crossed the line in front for the second time on October 4th, it was the start of six wins in just over a month, culminating in last Friday’s success.

Robbie Downey is not a name many people outside Kilcock or the racing world might recognise but one thing is for sure it is one we will be hearing plenty of in the future. Downey has four rides on Wednesday night, 27th November at Dundalk including the fancied Doc Holiday.