Fogarty hits Wexford treble
Published 18/03/2014 | 11:57
Mikey Fogarty was the star of the show as he snatched a 263-1 St Patrick's Day treble at Wexford.
The conditional, fresh from his first Cheltenham Festival triumph on Don Poli, continued his fine run with what proved an eventful hat-trick.
A dramatic double in the opening two races on Sardinia and The Mooch for Paul Nolan was followed by success on the Colm Murphy-trained Mister Hotelier in the Michael O'Murchadha Memorial Rated Hurdle.
"It is unreal, and it is great to do it in my home town as well," said Fogarty.
Mister Hotelier (7-1) secured only his second win from 15 starts when holding Lughnasa by three-quarters of a length.
"Mikey gave him a peach of a ride, he won the race. I could only half see it because I got my eyes lasered last week," said Murphy, who was also on the board with Express Du Berlais at Down Royal.
"It is nice that the horses are coming back into form, and he will mix it between fences and hurdles."
Fogarty and Nolan had luck on their side in the first two races.
Voice Of A Curlew looked the likely winner of the Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle, but she crashed out at the final flight.
The favourite Ashjar was hampered in the incident, while the ex-Aidan O'Brien-trained Sardinia (9-2) met the flight all wrong but recovered to collect by half a length from Shutter Island.
Nolan said: "He is just not that good at jumping, and he took a few hurdles out the ground and it cost him a lot.
"I thought the blinkers would sharpen him up and they did to a certain extent. He will mix it now between the hurdles and the Flat."
It was a similar story in the Join The Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Today Maiden Hurdle with The Mooch (5-1) going on to beat Ontopoftheworld by a neck after Lipinski took a fatal fall at the last when in the lead.
"I think I'll do the Lotto on the way home tonight! His jumping wasn't fluent and he would have finished a decent second, but he wasn't stopping. He was giving plenty of weight as well," said Nolan.
"We couldn't sell him at Newmarket, and this was his first run since then."
Liz Doyle's Snowell (7-2 favourite) completed a treble wiith a head success in a driving finish to the St Patrick's Day Novice Handicap Hurdle under 7lb-claiming amateur Johnny Burke.
"Johnny was brave at the last and so was the little horse. I wasn't very confident coming here today, as this was a better race than the two he won before," said Doyle.
Bottom weight Foritsa (5-2 favourite) also sealed his third win in a row when taking the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase.
Successful on this course and at Thurles before the turn of the year, the Gordon Doyle-trained 10-year-old was a length and a half too good for Solstice Knight in the hands of Adam O'Neill, who also claims 7lb.
Henry de Bromhead added to his Down Royal double through Never Complain and Riviera Sun when An Dearthair Og (4-1 joint-favourite) took the McGuinness Lambert Auctioneers Novice Handicap Chase.
Andrew Lynch's mount opened his account with a five and a half lengths verdict over Decade Player.
Robert Tyner's Carrigmoorna Rock (9-2), ridden by amateur David O'Leary, just got the better of Missypet in a tight finish to the Notnowcato At Knockhouse Stud Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.