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Laois horse racing trainer and syndicate enjoy big win in Kilbeggan

Liam Cusack Kilbeggan

A Laois horse racing trainer and a syndicate enjoyed a brilliant victory in Kilbeggan on Friday.

Ballyglass Beauty galloped to glory in Westmeath in the Celebrating The Life Of Sean Daly Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

The horse, who won at odds of 12/1, is trained by Mountrath’s Liam Cusack.

Ballyglass Beauty tracked the leaders all the way and went clear at the last to claim the €6,300 first prize.

The horse is owned by a group attached to the Fountain House Pub in Mountrath which is owned by the Bennetts.

Speaking to IrishRacing.com afterwards, trainer Cusack said the horse may head for Listowel.

“He had a lovely run here the last day when he was only beaten about seven lengths. The extra distance helped him today,” said Cusack.

“I’m delighted for young Adam Ellis, it’s his first winner. He’s a very good young lad, he’s with me since he was in school and he came to me on holidays and on Saturdays.

“He’s with me full-time now and he’s a lovely rider at home so it’s great that he got his first winner and got a bit of confidence.

“It’s a local syndicate from Mountrath, they would be regulars in the Fountain House Pub, owned by the Bennetts.

“I’m delighted with the horse, he was quite keen when he came and was a bit of a runaway. We took our time and he was in good nick.

“We’ll keep at this level and he might go to Listowel.”

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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.