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Laois trainer scores winner on final day of horse racing for the foreseeable future

Billy Lanigan with Shantou Sisu

For sports enthusiasts – this is unquestionably the strangest period in their lives.

There is no live sport virtually anywhere in the entire world – outside of the Nicaraguan soccer league and a virtual FIFA 20 online tournament.

But up until yesterday, horse racing was continuing in Ireland amid the Coronavirus outbreak – albeit it behind closed doors.

However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s announcement that all sporting events were to cease from midnight last night meant the racing is also finished until April 19 at the earliest.

But there was one final meeting in yesterday and that took place in Clonmel.

And there was Laois involvement in 3pm Extra Places On The App Handicap Hurdle.

Favourite Shantou Sisu romped to a six length victory at odds of 9/4 – taking the €6,200 first prize in the process.

Shantou Sisu is trained by Billy Lanigan from The Heath who trains his horses in Coolrain.

Shantou Sisu went clear early and was pushed along two fences from the finish.

Despite a slight mistake at last, he stayed on well and won comfortably in the end.

Lanigan had another runner later in the day but West Is Best, who was backed in to 4/1 from 7/1, was pulled up in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Steeplechase.

Among the upcoming race meetings cancelled in the coming weeks are the Aintree Grand National and the Easter Irish Grand National festival in Fairyhouse.

Enjoy the win Billy – it’ll be your last for the next while!

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