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Fifth winner of the season for Laois trainer following Naas success

Laois man Kieran Cotter was back in the winners enclosure yesterday for the fifth time this season.

The Portarlington based trainer tasted victory in the Facilit8 Property Maintenance Handicap in Naas.

Out of 28 runners so far this year, Cotter has had five winners, giving him a winning rate of 18%.

A Step Too Far, saddled by Colin Keane, enjoyed a 1.75 length victory over Sestriere to claim the €5,400 first prize in the five furlong encounter.

There is another Laois connection to the win as owners Sinead and Dermot Dunne also come from Portarlington.

Speaking to irishracing.com afterwards, trainer Kieran was delighted with the win.

He said: “We’re delighted to get a winning bracket with her.

“Sinead and Dermot Dunne that own her are very enthusiastic owners and have the mare so they wanted to get a winning bracket into her.

“They’ll be delighted with that, she won well and hopefully we can pick up another one with her. She’s very hard on herself, and always has been.

“She’s a little bit difficult to train but we’ve got the handle on her now. She’s improving all the time.

“Her dam was placed in a Listed race at four, she didn’t get going until then, so maybe she’ll keep improving.”

Cotter has a busy couple of days ahead as he has a runner in Downpatrick on Friday before four more entries in races in The Curragh on Sunday.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.