History Made At Kilbeggan

History was made at Kilbeggan last evening, not once but twice, as both Thomas Coyle and Emmet Mullins didn’t just saddle their first runners but both sent out their first winners too. Mullins, nephew of champion trainer Willie, has switched riding for training and he made the best possible start to his new career by sending out St Stephen’s Green to win the Racing Again July 17th Flat Race. Ridden by his cousin Patrick, St Stephen’s Green justified 9-10 favouritism in fine style as he powered to a four-length win over Blessed King. Earlier on the card, Coyle – who is based in Batterstown in County Meath – watched Dunroe Boy win the Hurley Family Handicap Hurdle. Coyle, 28, spent 15 years with Edward Cawley but decided to go out on his own recently and it appears a very wise move indeed. Dunroe Boy, who has turned in some decent efforts in point-to-points, was sent off at odds of 16-1 but he stayed on best of all under Paul Power to beat Dedoctorsdaughter by half-a-length. When you see a horse trained by Charles Byrnes hammered in the market, you can almost guarantee victory. The Ballingarry-based trainer was at it again at Kilbeggan as he sent out Rock On Fruity to land the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle. The JP McManus-owned six-year-old was available at 6-4 this morning but punters couldn’t get enough of him and he eventually went off the 4-7 favourite. Those who participated in the plunge had few anxious moments either as Jody McGarvey didn’t have to get serious to secure a two-and-three-quarter-length win over Credulous.

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