A horse with strong Laois connections scooped €78,000 at Cheltenham this afternoon.
Ronald Pump finished second in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle today – the feature race of the day.
The 20/1 shot came in second place behind shock 50/1 winner Lisnagar Oscar.
7-year-old Ronald Pump is owned by the Laois Limerick Syndicate.
The syndicate is comprised of three people – one from Limerick and one from Laois.
The Laois natives are Dave Sullivan and Joe Dunne.
The latter comes from Mountmellick and is a secondary school teacher in Offaly.
Dunne is also extremely well known in political circles as he is chairman of the Fianna Fail party in Laois – a role he has held since 2017.
The horse was ridden by Kerry jockey Bryan Cooper and trained by Meath man Matthew Smith.
Congratulations to Joe and all concerned!
SEE ALSO – Laois woman in complete lockdown in China