In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey – February 24th

Jumping To A Win On Dinnie’s Vinnie

Dinnie’s Vinnie At Thurles

I was delighted to get a winner on Dinnie’s Vinnie last week in Thurles. After having a very disappointing run in Fairyhouse before heading to Thurles it was a nice repayment for his owners who wanted to give him another run. He is a funny horse and can put in a bad run when you would except him to go well. His owners, the TFC syndicate, are great owners and dedicated supporters of racing attending every local race meeting rain, hail or snow.  Continue reading “In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey – February 24th”

In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey -January 20th

Day One of the Punchestown Festival

After such a flurry of racing over Christmas, we have suddenly gone to long weeks with only racing at the weekend. Last weekend racing took place in Fairyhouse and Punchestown where I had rides on both days. Pat Shanahan’s Warp Factor, who I had been second on in Musselburgh in December ran well again last weekend when finishing fifth in a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse. That race was won by the Ellmarie Holden-trained Ex Patriot and hopefully Warp Factor will go close the next time out.

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In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey – November 18th

Jumping Kilkeaskins First At Fairyhouse

Kilkeaskins First

I was delighted to get a winner on Kilkeaskins First in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle in Fairyhouse yesterday. A son of Mountain High and out of an Oscar mare, Dad bought him as a three year old in the Goffs’ Landrover Sale in 2014. From the beginning, he always showed potential at home and any jockeys who rode him in his work always liked him. However, he was disappointing when pulling up in his first run in a four year old point-to-point in Oldcastle. That race was won by Denis Murphy’s Lisheen Prince who is now trained in England by Philip Hobbs. Dad then decided to make the switch to the track and after finishing tenth in a bumper in Roscommon under Katie Walsh we gave him a few runs over hurdles. Continue reading “In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey – November 18th”

In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey – September 29th

Day One of the Punchestown Festival
Tempo Mac and Luke Dempsey win the Killashee Handicap Hurdle Punchestown Festival Photo: Patrick McCann 26.04.2016

Ready For The National Hunt Season

With the National Hunt Season starting to get into full swing things are getting increasingly busy for me. This is always an exciting time of year as the three-year-olds are broken and riding out, and the older horses are back in from their summer break and ready for a new season. There is always a great air of anticipation and excitement in the National Hunt community as we wait to see what the year will bring and how the horses will develop! At the moment, I am primarily based with my father, Philip Dempsey, and also ride out for other trainers one or two mornings a week. Continue reading “In The Saddle – Luke Dempsey – September 29th”

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