Trainer Emmet Butterly off to ideal start
New trainer Emmet Butterly had a winner with his very first runner when Cybersnow scored at Downpatrick yesterday in the Keep It Country Handicap Hurdle division one.
The Letterkenny handler, who has himself ridden winners on the Flat at Downpatrick and has just received a trainer’s licence, said: “I am delighted to have scored with my first ever runner and hopefully the winner will go to Tramore for his next outing.”
Cybersnow’s win completed a double for Meath jockey Keith Donoghue who had earlier triumphed on Almanyan for Dublin trainer Adrian McGuinness.
Katie Walsh also rode a double — for trainer Michael O’Hare — at the Co Down track, getting home on Turner Brown and Henro Boy.
Meanwhile, A decision on the future of Harbinger, officially rated the best Flat horse in the world, will be made today.
The brilliant winner of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes fractured his near-fore cannon bone during a routine spin on the gallops in Newmarket on Saturday.
Although subsequent surgery has been a success, his racing career remains in the balance.
John Warren, director of Harbinger's owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said last night: “The horse is very comfortable and the cast that was put on his leg to help him get up after surgery has been taken off.
“He's eating up well and has a very good demeanour about him, so it is a very good report about his well-being.
“We plan to have a discussion with all the shareholders in the next 24 hours and then a decision about his future will be made tomorrow.”
Jockey Stevie Donohoe will be suspended for five days (August 12-16) after lying to Haydock officials about passing the doctor before riding on June 9 when he had not seen the medical officer.