Talking horses with local trainer

DAVIDSTOWN-based horse trainer Paul Nolan had the chance to meet Queen Elizabeth last week. The man from Toberona was invited to the National Stud amid tight security as one of the winning Irish trainers at this year's Cheltenham festival.

He exchanged a few pleasantries with the visiting monarch, who revealed that she is feeling nervous in advance of this year's Derby, in which she has a runner.

'She was grand, like a normal woman,' reported Paul Nolan. 'She was very pleasant, as was the Duke. Racing is her favourite hobby.'

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