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All's well for Ulster trainer Noel Hynds after stunning debut success

By Ron McKnight

Noel Hynds recorded his first winner on the Flat when Jacobs Well beat fellow Ulster handler Andy Oliver's Bunk Off Early in a photo finish at Navan yesterday.

Bunk Off Early, which was sent off a short priced favourite to land the spoils, appeared assured of victory inside the final furlong and matched for significant money on Betfair in the closing stages to prevail.

However jockey Ross Coakley was seen to excellent advantage on the Hynds-trained Jacobs Well, persevering when looking beaten to get up and win by a neck in the photo finish to the Arkle Bar Handicap.

The winner, owned by Newry-based Kieran Burke and Bernice Boyle, was formerly trained by Dot Love and supplied Dromore-based Hynds with his debut victory on the level while the local handler is also a regular on the Ulster point to point circuit.

The Co Down trainer's shock 25/1 winner came in the last week of the Irish Flat season and he explained: "That's only my third Flat runner as I only took out a Flat licence recently and my first runner was at Dundalk last Friday.

"He's in again at Leopardstown on Sunday and if he comes out of this race well he could go there," he said.

"That's my first winner for the owners."

Meanwhile, Europe could be represented by up to 28 runners at this month's Breeders' Cup after a large contingent were entered for the two-day meeting.

Aidan O'Brien's seven entries makes him the biggest single contributor. O'Brien has Gleneagles in the Breeders' Cup Classic, in which he would meet America's Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Europe's star names such as Golden Horn, Make Believe, Legatissimo and Esoterique are among the entries.

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