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successful month for trainer - 1st August 2013
July 2013 has been a busy and successful month for the trainer beginning in Leopardstown with Indian Icon and F M Berry coming 3rd. Favourite Golden Wonder won his race Western Motors Skoda Maiden Hurdle, in Bellewstown by 8 and a ˝ lengths with R Loughran and owner P M Cooney, Dessie said of the favourite "I’ve been looking for a three mile hurdles for him and he’ll probably go for a beginners chase now although he would want a decent cut in the ground over fences", Deal Done was 2nd, Tales of Milan 4th and Back Before Dawn 3rd respectively all in their own classes at the same venue. In Downpatrick he had two 2nds with Troubled and Lipinski and a 3rd with Baby’s Hot.

   In Kilbeggan Dessie got his first win of the day with M A Enright on an in-foal New River winning by 11 lengths, saying “she [New River] jumped very well”. After coming 2nd in Wexford, Stonemaster wearing Gigginstown House Stud colours went on to win a very tight race with D N Russell also in Kilbeggan which is his first Beginners Chase win in 2years. In the same day Wise Oscar went on to claim 2nd place. At Cartmel, Merrydown Vintage was 3rd with P J Brennan in the Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Chase.        In Limerick on Ladies Day, Dale Street won the Maiden Hurdle by 4 lengths with Mick Darcy, a career success for both horse and jockey. Dessie won his second race of the day in the Handicap Hurdle with Tales of Milan, owned by Downtofour Syndicate, and after performing well in his last few races he won by 16 lengths with his first time wearing a visor. Pleased by the win Dessie said "It was a long time coming with him and the visor helped. At Bellewstown the last day he dropped back passing the stands and we were disappointed with him, ...That race has turned out better than what we thought on the day. He is handicapped over fences and he will go for a chase next." Indian Icon finished the successful month in Galway with F M Berry coming 2nd.