Fogarty keeps Limerick locals happy
Davidstown trainer Paul Nolan has started the season in great form and he added another winner to his tally at Fairyhouse last Wednesday, when Solita jumped like an old pro to make a winning debut over fences in the Racing At Fairyhouse On New Years Day 2016 Beginners' Chase.
Rumours had obviously been doing the rounds about Solita's jumping at home and she was hammered in the market, and eventually went off the 7-4 favourite. She jumped for fun under Robbie Power and quickened up nicely on the run-in to beat Mustadrik by three lengths. Mayo goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly owns Solita, who could have a very bright future ahead over fences.
Cleariestown rider Mikey Fogarty and Munster trainer Michael Hourigan gave the locals plenty to cheer about when his Holeinthewall Bar landed the two miles, five furlongs handicap hurdle at Limerick on Sunday.
Fogarty got the 5/1 shot home ahead of The Winkler and the winning trainer is of the opinion that the seven-year-old will be winning races over fences in the future. Fogarty also did the steering as Fr Humphrey took the handicap chase for Louise Hallahan at Fairyhouse last Wednesday.
The gallant Thousand Stars (5/1) scored a last-gasp success for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh when taking the Grade 1 Grand Prix d'Automne at Auteuil on Saturday. The eleven-year-old was scoring his fifth win at the course and his 13th in all.
He is the winner of three Grade 1 races and has also three Grade 2 victories to his name. Ruby's sister, Katie, was in the saddle when Thousand Stars landed the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2010.
Racing this week takes place at the following Irish racetracks: Dundalk, Wednesday, November 11 (first race 6 p.m.); Clonmel, Thursday, November 12 (first race 12.55 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, November 13 (first race 6.05 p.m.); Punchestown, Saturday, November 14 (first race 11.55 p.m.); Punchestown, Sunday, November 15 (first race 12.35 p.m.), and Cork, Sunday, November 15 (first race 12.55 p.m.).