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2018 Remembered: Well-known Laois man’s horse claims big prize in Tramore

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Kieran Leavy's horse won big

Portarlington shone in Tramore in April of this year as Augusta Gold claimed the bumper in Tramore.

The horse, owned by well-known GAA man Kieran Leavy and Lorcan Cribbon, was sent off as odds-on favourite and didn’t disappoint in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

Leavy spoke to us about the talented five year old mare and the delight expressed by everyone involved after the race. 


The Portarlington colours were victorious in Waterford at the weekend as Augusta Gold claimed the bumper in Tramore.

The horse, owned by Kieran Leavy and Lorcan Cribbon, was sent off as odds-on favourite and didn’t disappoint in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

Jockey Patrick Mullins kept it simple on the daughter of Gold Well, always having her in a prominent position.

When he asked for more inside the last the five-year-old kept on well for a six length win over Late Again.

Speaking to LaoisToday, Leavy revealed he was thrilled with the win after a number of false starts with the horse in the past.

He said: “She’s a serious mare and we had entered her in a number of races before this one but she didn’t get to run.

“She picked up a €5,000 bonus for winning the race too which was nice.

“She will go now in the sales at the Punchestown Races next week and we will see how that goes.”

Winning trainer Mag Mullins said: “I’m delighted with that, she is a lovely mare.

“I bought her at the Derby Sales. She is from the family of Farmer Jack and I like her a lot.

“She is going to be a real chasing mare, she is a smasher at home.

“She was bit unlucky with racing called off the few days she was in.

“She gets the bonus for winning that and she is owned by a great bunch of lads and they are delighted.

“Patrick gave her a lovely ride and I think she is a very good mare.”

Pictured at Laois G.A.A Punchestown Race Day Launch were Pat O’Sullivan, P.R.O Niall Handy, Sec Kieran Leavy, Treas. Laois Footballer Colm Begley, Martin Kane, Glanbia Vice Chair, Laois Huler Ross King, Robert O’Keeffe, Glanbia and Gerry Kavanagh, Laois G.A.A. Photo Denis Byrne

Leavy is also involved with the Laois GAA Race Day in Punchestown which takes place on Tuesday April 24.

The event is sponsored by GLANBIA-GAIN and Leavy said he is hoping for a great day.

He said: “The racing at Punchestown is always great craic.

“And the festival is the traditional conclusion of the National Hunt season. With Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins vying for the trainers title, it is sure to be a great few days.”