Wednesday 22 November 2017

Trainer Doyle maintains her superb form

Crossabeg trainer Liz Doyle continues to be in superb form and she was at Mallow on Sunday to watch Last Goodbye (6/1) land the Easter Handicap Hurdle, a Grade C event worth almost €20,000 to the winner.

It was a hugely-competitive handicap hurdle and this victory, by one length from the game Captainofthefleet, confirmed Last Goodbye's progression through the ranks with his fourth consecutive victory.

He was never far from the front rank under Donagh Meyler and ran on bravely to land the odds. The veteran Captainofthefleet was second at 14-1, with the well-backed Nine Stitches back in third at 11-2.

Doyle was also on the mark at Thurles on Thursday where she took the opening two miles two furlongs beginners' chase with Follow The Swallow (16/1), who got up in the dying strides under high-flying New Ross jockey, Seán Flanagan.

Davidstown's Paul Nolan was celebrating at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday where Solita (13/2) ran out a ready winner of the novice handicap chase.

Afterwards Nolan said: 'Lovely ride, great jockey, very confident ride and he had loads of mare turning in. She jumped well thank God. I'm just delighted she has large black type now and Robert Hennelly will be sitting at home delighted I'm sure, and I hope to God he's okay at home because he gets very nervous for a race.

'She got a bit of a fright when falling here and lost her way over fences. We switched her to hurdles to get her confidence back and she won at Leopardstown.

'We schooled her the other day and she was good. We decided to make use of her novice status, and it's great to get large black type. She travels so well that there could be another few in her.

'She loses her novice status in a month so I'm delighted she got her confidence back and we'll make a plan. We'll think about Punchestown, we'll see.'

Leading National Hunt trainers Colm Murphy, Henry de Bromhead, Jessica Harrington and Noel Meade will form the panel for the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Trainers' Forum taking place at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, on Wednesday, April 27, at 11.30 a.m.

Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Fairyhouse, Tuesday, March 29 (first race 3.20 p.m.); Clonmel, Thursday, March 31 (first race 4.10 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, April 1 (first race 6 p.m.); Navan, Saturday, April 2 (first race 2.10 p.m.); Curragh, Sunday, April 3 (first race 2.05 p.m.), and Limerick, Sunday, April 3 (first race 1.55 p.m.).

Wexford People

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