Fogarty lands Wexford hat-trick
SINCE turning professional last September, Mikey Fogarty has made a big impact and the Wexford jockey was the star of the show at his local track courtesy of a sensational 263/1 treble.
Fresh from his first Cheltenham Festival triumph on Don Poli, he continued his fine run with an eventful hat-trick.
A dramatic double – aided by last-flight falls of rivals – 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," said Murphy, who was also on the mark 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 opening juvenile hurdle, but she crashed out at the final flight.
The favourite Ashjar was hampered in the incident, while Fogarty's mount Sardinia (9/2) met the flight all wrong but recovered to collect by half a length from Shutter Island.
It was a similar story in the two-mile 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," quipped Nolan. "His jumping wasn't fluent and would have finished a decent second, but he wasn't stopping."
Liz Doyle's Snowell (7/2f) completed a treble with a head success from Hurler And Farmer in the St Patrick's Day Novice Handicap Hurdle under 7lb-claiming amateur Johnny Burke.
Bottom weight Foritsa also sealed his third win in a row when the 5/2 favourite took the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase. The Gordon Doyle-trained 10-year-old was a length and a half too good for Solstice Knight under Adam O'Neill, who claims 7lb.
Henry de Bromhead added to a Down Royal double, through Never Complain and Riviera Sun, when An Dearthair Og took the novice handicap chase in the hands of Andrew Lynch.
Robert Tyner's Carrigmoorna Rock (9/2), ridden by amateur David O'Leary, just got the better of Missypet in a close finish to mares' bumper.