Credo Star makes history at Wexford
CREDO Star created his own little piece of history yesterday when the Peter Fahey-trained gelding won the first race at Wexford to be run left-handed.
Horses have always run right-handed at the track, but in a move to enhance safety, the track opted to stage its races the other way around and the move proved a huge success.
The one-day trial got under way with the Loch Garman Maiden Hurdle and, it looked as if The Nutcracker would justify favouritism. However, the 11/4 market leader made a mistake at the second last and Johnny Burke seized his chance aboard Credo Star as the 13/2 got up on the run-in to win by three-parts of a length.
It was a red-letter day for young Cian Collins as the Tralee native rode his first winner as a profession aboard the Sandra Hughes-trained Poetic Lord in the Barrow Maiden Hurdle.
The 7/1 shot pounced on a blunder by Credulous at the second last and though having to hold off a late challenge from favourite Teoleena, Collins always appeared to have matters under control as the pair held on by a half-length.
Another young claimer, Luke Dempsey, enhanced his growing reputation with a polished ride on Paul Nolan's Solita in the novice hurdle. The 11/4 favourite looked to be in trouble early on, but Dempsey kept rowing away and the pair galloped two lengths clear of Akorakor after the last.
Trainer Denis Cullen combined with Jody McGarvey to land the handicap hurdle with 12/1 outsider By The Banks, while Jessica Harrington's Annie Oakley (12/1) finished too strongly for odds-on favourite Dushrembrandt in the novice chase.
Training honours went to local handler Liz Doyle, who finished off the card with a double, initiated by the victory of All The Way Home (10/1) under Sean Flanagan before Finny Maguire guided Tigroney (3/1) to a short-head success over Miss Dinamic in the bumper.