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Memorable Navan performance for Laois trainer as Curragh meeting on the horizon


A Laois trainer who enjoyed huge success in Navan last weekend will be hoping for more of the same in The Curragh this weekend.

Portarlington based Kieran Cotter had a long odds place and then a big winner at the Navan track last week.

In the Irish EBF Auction Series Maiden, Pulse of Polly at 20/1 secured a third spot.

Pulse of Polly wore the navy and white colours of Monasterevin man Damien Moore and connections. Mikey Sheehy claiming five was riding.

Things got even better for Cotter and co in the feature event of the day – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery.

Seven of the eight runners were spread across the track a furlong from home in the five-furlong contest.

Cotter’s charge Speedacus, who had been prominent throughout on the near side, stuck his head out in the closing stages to gain a neck victory over Jarvis.

The 17/2 winner was opening his account at the sixth attempt having been placed twice in maiden company, including over course and distance in July – to take home the €18,000 first prize.

Speaking to IrishRacing.com afterwards, Cotter said: “We’re delighted with that, we thought he was due it.

“We thought he warranted huge respect on his maiden run here behind Geocentric but he was easy to back.

“He needs quick ground and Declan was even complaining a bit today that the ground was over-watered. It’s very hard to get good to firm ground in this country.

“I’d imagine he’ll go for the listed race over five in Dundalk next month. We said he had to win here today to warrant going for that.

“That’s a nice pot today. He has loads of pace and we were delighted to see the way he battled to the line there. We thought he was going to get swallowed but he didn’t.”

Cotter will be hoping to continue his success this weekend as he has one entry in The Curragh on Sunday.

Lord Dudley goes in the 1.45pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap – with a top prize of €75,000 up for grabs.

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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.