There was success for a Laois horse racing trainer and a Laois syndicate in Downpatrick at the weekend.
Mountrath based Liam Cusack sprung something of a surprise in the Molson Coors Opportunity Beginners Steeplechase on Saturday.
His charge, Arrycan, was sent off at big odds of 22/1 and ended up galloping to a 12 length victory.
He took home the €6,600 first prize – much to the delight of his owners who are also Laois based.
The horse is owned by the Shannon Street Syndicate who are a group of lads from Mountrath and the surrounding areas.
The horse was bought as a six month old by Alix Carroll of Coolrain Stables and then bought by the syndicate.
It was so heavily backed in Mountrath that the win cleaned out many of the bookies.
Speaking about the win, trainer Liam said he was surprised that the horse was such long odds.
He said: “He was third in a beginners chase in Limerick in May and actually ran very well.
“He likes good ground and takes his fences well too. Eoin Walsh gave him a great ride.
“I’m delighted for the lads in the syndicate too. A number of them were involved with Bog War.
“He gave us great success so hopefully the lads will get a similarly good spin out of Arrycan.”