Horse racing is a thriving sport in Laois at present with trainers and owners wracking up wins galore – and another Laois syndicate entered the winners enclosure during the week.
The Park Hill Racing syndicate is run by Abbeyleix native Jamie Whelan – and they scored a shock win in Dundalk on Wednesday.
Their 28/1 shot Never Mistabeat bolted up at the Louth venue to claim the €6,000 first prize in the one mile Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap.
Members of the syndicate are from Laois, Kildare and Westmeath and the horse is trained by Jarlath Fahey in Monasterevin.
Alongside Jamie, the rest of the syndicate comprises of Seamus Whelan (Abbeyleix), Ciara Callaghan (Abbeyleix), Tony Callanan (Monasterevin), Mick Ryan (Monasterevin) and Dermot Nangle (Mullingar).
While this is Park Hill Racing’s first ever win, organiser Jamie Whelan is no stranger to horse racing.
He has previously been involved in the high class multiple winners Sea The Lion and Balladiene – while his cousin Ronan Whelan, from Monasterevin, is a jockey.
Speaking to IrishRacing.com, trainer Jarlath Fahey is looking forward to more success with the horse.
He said: “I’m delighted with that. Park Hill Racing is run by Ronan Whelan’s first cousin Jamie Whelan and they have been very patient with the horses.
“He’s been very slow to progress mentally and the blinkers today worked a treat on him.
“He’s probably done it too well but we don’t mind and we’ve been chasing a winner for a long time. The lads will be thrilled. It’s a pity they can’t be here but it’s great to get a first win for the syndicate.
“We had cheek pieces on him the last day and Adam Farragher rode him and said I’d go blinkers the next day as he was still a bit lairy. We told Wayne to give him a good, strong, forceful ride and it worked well.
“He’s been doing things better on the gallops at home than on the racecourse. He sort of falls asleep when he comes racing. It all came right tonight and hopefully there is another day in him.”