Tuesday 23 January 2018

O'Donoghue set for top job

COLM O'DONOGHUE is the new favourite to become Coolmore's No 1 jockey after Christophe Soumillon ruled himself out of the job.

The Belgian-born rider, who had been all the rage for the coveted post vacated by Johnny Murtagh, has signed a new deal to ride for the Wildenstein family in France.

Meanwhile, at Thurles yesterday, the Mouse Morris-trained The Hurl gained his first victory over fences when taking the www.thurles- races.ie Beginners' Chase.

Hot-favourite Morning Supreme cut out much of the running, but her fall at the third last left The Hurl clear and he maintained his advantage to score by 10 lengths from Roi Du Mee.

Willie Mullins, Morning Supreme's trainer, gained some compensation as 5/4 favourite Ballyhaunis proved too good for his rivals in the Clonoulty Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Horse Racing Ireland has scheduled two new fixtures for next month.

The card at Wexford on November 27 has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track, while an inspection of the inside course at Fairyhouse led to their meeting on December 2 being called off.

Navan will now stage a meeting on Wednesday, December 1, with Cork racing on Tuesday, December 14. The high-profile fixtures at Fairyhouse on November 27 and 28 are unaffected.

Irish Independent

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