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ONENIGHTINTOWN.

The winter jumping season is once again approaching, and we will have many familiar old faces returning, as well as several new ones making their debuts. Over the coming days and weeks I will be providing detailed essays on some of our horses that will hopefully be in the winners enclosure very shortly.


ONENIGHTINTOWN. 22 June 2014. Robin Des Pres-Snug Bunch. Owner-M H O G.


Onenightintown has raced on 19 occasions to date, twice in points, eight times over hurdles, and nine times, under rules over fences. His dam only ever saw the racecourse once, but was a winner in a bumper at Down Royal in 2008, she has one other racecourse representative, the 129 Racing Post rated Turbo. Onenightintown's sire is the good source of jumpers, the French stallion Robin Des Pres.

Before arriving at Oakwood Stables, Onenightintown raced out of the yard of Brian Francis Cawley, in Craughwee, County Galway. He made his debut in February 2019 in a point to point at Belharbour, but failed to complete, and it was a similar story at Loughrea in May.He made his hurdles debut at Roscommon in July, completing for the first time, but tailing off. At Ballinrobe in August he finished fifth of the nine runners beaten 42 lengths, before his final start of the season in September at Kilbeggan, beating one home, when finishing seventh, this time beaten 35 lengths.

Onenightintown returned in July 2020 making his chase debut at Tipperary, when never getting competitive. His next appearance came 11 days later at Galway when thrown in at the deep end, when asked to contest the Grade 3 'Rockshore' novice chase, where he tailed off, but completed to be last of the six finishers.In September at Tramore, he was never competitive in a beginners chase, but did receive his first handicap mark of 87 (Ireland.) He made his handicap chase debut at Clonmel on October 1st,but dropped away after a slow jump at the fifth, to finish 10th of the 11, beaten a total of 66 lengths.

Onenightintown made his stable debut for us at Sedgefield in November over hurdles when never getting competitive under Aiden Macdonald, and it was a similar story three weeks later at Market Rasen. He also failed to make any sort of impact at Catterick in December. He ran on a further three occasions between February to April 2021, twice over hurdles, and once over fences, which saw his official mark drop from an opening 90 when joining us, to 74. Over fences at Sedgefield in May, he led until around three out until weakening away to finish eighth. It was at Market Rasen in June when fitted with a first time visor that he finally showed any worthwhile form at the 16th time of asking when finishing an 11th lengths third, although he did flash his tail repeatably on the run in. He returned to Market Rasen two weeks later, when stepping up by two furlongs to two miles and three furlongs, after being held up he made some late headway to better his previous effort, and finishing a respectable six and a quarter lengths third. His final start to date was back at Market Rasen 17 days later where he never got going and was pulled up before the eighth.

Onenightintown has shown that there is a race in him somewhere down the line, and it appears that a softer surface will help. He has worn a visor on his last three starts, and he always has a tongue tie on.

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