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Monday 22 January 2018

Bertie keeps his ears open for some tips

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

HE is no stranger to a racecourse, and even told the Mahon Tribunal he made thousands of euro 'on the horses'.

But this time, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was paying particularly close attention after a 16-1 shot finished a creditable third in the opening race of the day at the picturesque Killarney track.

Mr Ahern -- a regular in Co Kerry's Parknasilla resort -- was spotted keeping an ear close to the action in the winner's enclosure on the final day of the festival.

Beside him, jockey Billy Lee was giving Tipperary flat trainer James 'Fozzie' Stack a run-down after 16-1 shot Nucals Star -- owned by the Dublin Blue Syndicate -- took third spot in the Juvenile Maiden Race won by the favourite Mawaakef.

Others may have been eager to see if Mr Ahern had any tips, as he famously told the tribunal two years ago that he won hefty sums of money from backing horses.

He may have been under starter's orders to provide feedback to his son-in-law, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, who heads the Dublin Blue Syndicate which runs in the Dublin county colours of light and dark blue. It's the most expensive horse the Dublin Blue Syndicate has invested in as it paid €110,000 for it as a yearling.

Irish Independent

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