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More racing in Bettyville

National Hunt action returns to Wexford racing's HQ on Wednesday evening, as Bettyville Racecourse gets set to 'go left-handed' for the second time.

The seven-race card kicks off at 6 p.m., though such is the volume of entries, a split race may see the action begin at the earlier time of 5.30 p.m.

'We always look forward to our midsummer's meeting,' says racecourse manager Michael Murphy, 'and there are a lot of entries in the handicap hurdle which might see it split.

'If that happens, we'll get under way at 5.30 p.m., so I would advise punters to watch the morning papers for an update,' he added.

'We are running left-handed for the second time, after the success of the last National Hunt meeting. The Flat jockeys were down with us a week last Wednesday, and gave the go-ahead for a left-handed Flat meeting here on Saturday, July 25.'

Mayglass jockey Jamie Codd stood in for Bryan Cooper on board Fort Smith (10/1) at Downpatrick on Sunday, and made it back-to-back wins for trainer Gordon Elliott in the two-mile, five-furlong J For Jaguar Handicap Chase.

'Jamie gave him a good ride. He was out walking the track so we had to go looking for him! He won a bumper on Fort Smith so I was keen for him to ride him,' Elliott said afterwards.

Taghmon jockey Adam O'Neill was celebrating after a sweet success for trainer Eoin Doyle at Clonmel on Thursday. Conditional rider O'Neill was on the mark with Supreme Benefit (10/1) in the two-mile maiden hurdle.

Treble-scoring jockey Bryan Cooper rode Colin Bowe's Phangio (10/1) to victory in the three-mile handicap hurdle at Roscommon on Tuesday.

Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Wexford, Wednesday, June 17 (first race 6 p.m.); Leopardstown, Thursday, June 18 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Limerick, Friday, June 19 (first race 5.40 p.m.); Down Royal, Friday, June 19 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Down Royal, Saturday, June 20 (first race 2 p.m.); Gowran Park, Saturday, June 20 (first race 2.15 p.m.), and Gowran Park, Sunday, June 21 (first race 2.15 p.m.).

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