Saturday 24 August 2019

'Fantastic day but I lost a lot of money' - Pat Shortt at Leopardstown

Comedian Pat Shortt with his son Lugheidh at the Lepardstown Races in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Comedian Pat Shortt with his son Lugheidh at the Lepardstown Races in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Sean O'Grady

Comedian Pat Shortt admitted he “lost a lot of money” but still enjoyed a great day out at Leopardstown.

The Tipperary man, who lives in Limerick, was visiting relatives over the festive period and decided to enjoy a day at the races.

“It’s great. I have a lot of family in Dublin so I’m up with them for Christmas,” he said.

“I have lost a lot of money in the first few races, but I won on the Lexus so I’m delighted with that.

“It’s been a fantastic day out. Today is my first and only day here, and then it’s back down to Limerick tomorrow.

“I wouldn’t be a huge race person. I occasionally go, but I wouldn’t gamble. It’s a day out. My brother’s family are here as well, so we’re all out.”

Overall Winner Gillian Gilbourne (Left), with best dressed finalists - Faith Almond from Carlow, Geraldine Shalvey , Foxrock ,Dublin, Louise Allen ,Slane Co Meath and Tara Hanniffey,Newbridge Co Kildare at the Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival.
Overall Winner Gillian Gilbourne (Left), with best dressed finalists - Faith Almond from Carlow, Geraldine Shalvey , Foxrock ,Dublin, Louise Allen ,Slane Co Meath and Tara Hanniffey,Newbridge Co Kildare at the Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival.

The 49-year-old has a busy few months ahead of him as he heads off on his How’s Tings tour.

“These are my last few days off and then the tour is starting January 6. We’ve a big Irish tour and then we’re going abroad. We hope to go to New Zealand and Australia and back to America and the UK later in the year,” he said.

Celebrity attendance at Leopardstown has been quieter than usual. Minister Leo Varadkar and former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte hit the course over the week.

The main event kicked off just after noon yesterday with the At The Races Maiden Hurdle won by Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins with Montalbano.

Vroum Vroum Mag, ridden Ruby Walsh, goes on to win The Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle during day three of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown
Vroum Vroum Mag, ridden Ruby Walsh, goes on to win The Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle during day three of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown

“He travelled well and ultimately stayed well to win. He was keen enough and will have learnt plenty from it,” jockey Ruby said after his win.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary ended top trainer Willie Mullins’ winning streak when his horse Outlander won the Grade 1 Lexus Steeplechase.

After a rough few days, the Cork-born multi-millionaire was thrilled to net a big win.

“Having three days of seeing my colours finish down at the other end of the parade ring, any one of them would have done fine,” he said.

“I thought three of the horses coming to the last would all fall with the week we’re having here.  But it’s great – these are the races we really go after.

“I struggled to win the Lexus for 10 years or more and now I’ve won three in a row, so it’s great.”

Herald

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