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Watch: Strong local connections as Laois trainer claims 50th win on Irish soil

There was history for a Laois trainer in Tipperary yesterday as he notched his 50th winner on Irish soil.

Portarlington based Kieran Cotter saw his charge Erosandpsyche claim the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

Just three runners went to post but the 4/5 shot saw off Back To Brussels by a neck to claim the €11,100 first prize.

The horse is owned by Mark and Barbara Drealing of Monasterevin and there was great excitement as their two daughters Meghan and Julia were present in Tipperary for the win.

Speaking to IrishRacing.com afterwards, trainer Cotter paid tribute to jockey Oisin Orr for a fine ride.

He said: “It was a nice opportunity as he is still only learning. It is really his third proper run and he needs a bit of experience.

“He ran into a good horse the last day but we weren’t right and have improved.

“Oisin said they went a little slow early on and he took a while to warm up on the ground.

“He said if he was doing it again, he’d let him breeze quicker to the start. He finished strong, which is what you’d like to see.

“It is on now to the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on July 17.”

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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.