Tequila Sunrise

Mullingar Based Trainer Saddles 40/1 Weekend Winner

Dot Love has been in good form of late.

Mullingar trainer Dot Love's fine form continued Saturday at Wexford when she supplied 40-1 chance Gotthenod to take the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.

High-flying conditional Simon Torrens rode and he got the outsider home by two and a half lengths from 7/2 joint-favourite Rebel Waltz.

In other racing news it's been confirmed that the BoyleSports Irish Grand National will not take place in 2020

The 2019/2020 National Hunt season came to an early close when racing was suspended on March 24 due to Covid-19, precipitating the cancellation of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Although it had been intended to run the BoyleSports Irish Grand National as part of an enhanced National Hunt Programme, with unlimited attendances at race meetings unlikely in the current Covid-19 context, and the desire to give trainers as much certainty as possible in relation to the preparation of their horses, the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s running.

The cancellation will see prizemoney lifts to two of the winter’s big staying handicap chases, the Ladbrokes Troytown at Navan on November 8 and the Bar One Porterstown Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on November 29.

Jason Morris, Director of Racing at HRI, commented:

“The decision not to run the BoyleSports Irish Grand National was made to give owners and trainers as much notice as possible, and allows connections firm up their plans for the winter with some certainty. We feel it is appropriate to increase our support to two complementary staying handicap chases in November, and so the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase at Navan on November 8 and the Bar One Porterstown Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on November 29, will both become races worth €125,000.”

Upcoming Fixtures:

Roscommon – Monday, August 31 (First Race 4pm)

Downpatrick – Monday, August 31 (First Race 1pm)

Gowran Park – Wednesday, September 2 (First Race 1pm)

Punchestown – Thursday, September 3 (First Race 1.20pm)

Clonmel - Thursday, September 3 (First Race 4.05pm)

Down Royal – Friday, September 4 (First Race 1pm)

Kilbeggan – Friday, September 4 (First Race 4.05pm)

Navan – Saturday, September 5 (First Race 1.50pm)

Wexford – Saturday, September 5 (First Race 2.05pm)

Ballinrobe – Sunday, September 6 (First Race 2.05pm)

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