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The Mulvanys are also breeding their own mares to outside stallions with success, notably producing their stable star On The Go Again. “I still think he’s the best horse we’ve ever had,” said Mulvany. “We had Tough As Nails – he placed at Listed, Group 2 and Group 1 level, but they are different types of horses. On The Go Again has already won more. He’s a staying, dual-purpose bred horse with so much potential. “We were breeding with the idea of having a dual-purpose horse. His mammy Lady Bolino is a three-parts sister to the top hurdler Voler La Vedette, and she’s a daughter of Bolino Star, who won the Irish Lincoln and the Listed Victor McCalmont Stakes. She won a bumper herself, but got hurt so we had to stop.” As did his grand-dam before him, On The Go Again won a Listed race in April, and this year’s Irish Lincoln, following up his three Flat handicap wins last year, and that neck victory in the Lartigue Hurdle at the Listowel Harvest Festival. With a hurdle rating of 134, all roads now lead to the Guinness Galway Hurdle at the start of next month, with a spin on the Flat at Navan scheduled for July 9 in preparation. That Listed win was Mulvany’s first, and they remarkably had another first at Sligo in May when three-year-olds Stormy Tale and Premier League won on the same night. “We’d never had a double before, but then, we have only 11 horses in training,” he said.

Benkei (red and white) running a good race for Rogers to be third at Punchestown

Rogers has Galway goals

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Richard O’Brien: a trainer going places

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Punchestown Champion Hurdlewinning trainer Harry Rogers has this season re-entered the jumps market with two lively candidates for the Galway Festival, starting at the end of this month. In May, both Benkei and Lord Erskine won handicap hurdles, the latter winning twice, with Benkei also running third in a valuable handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. Benkei had won last September, but his victory then was Rogers’s first over jumps since July 2014, when Giant’s Quest landed a Killarney handicap hurdle. “We’ve obviously had success with jumpers before, but we just weren’t sent any for a time,” he explained. “I don’t really know why, and we didn’t need to go looking for them. We were happy enough once we had the owners and the winners, it didn’t matter whether they were Flat or jumps.” He added: “We’ve 20 in training now and that’s enough at the minute. There’s no point having any more, and that pays its way so we’re happy and just hope we can get a few more of the right results.” After winning his first two

handicap hurdles in quick succession, Lord Erskine rose to a rating of 110, about 10lb shy of making the cut for the Guinness Galway Hurdle. “Lord Erskine just needs rain, he likes a dig in the ground, so if we can get that, and get the runs into him, he will go,” Rogers said. “He would want to win another couple to get in. Benkei will go for the big two-milefive-furlong handicap hurdle on the Saturday.” Rogers’s Flat team has been much slower to click into gear, but in the past four seasons that has been the trend for the County Louth team, just two of last year’s 11 winners coming before July. At the Galway Festival he won a valuable one-mile handicap with Remarkable Lady, and that five-yearold is being prepared for a step up to premier handicap level in the onemile contest on Tuesday evening at this year’s meeting. Galway is set to open its brand new parade ring stand this month, the multi-level structure offering views across the parade ring and racecourse, a balcony, and a champagne bar.

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