Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Racing

Blue is the colour for O'Dwyer

Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup-winning jockey Conor O'Dwyer may have unearthed his best prospect as a trainer to date as Folsom Blue bolted up in the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel.

O'Dwyer, who partnered Hardy Eustace and War Of Attrition to Cheltenham Festival glory, may just have his eyes on Prestbury Park in March again with the exciting five-year-old.

Folsom Blue (2-1 favourite) is owned, like War Of Attrition, by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown Stud, and looked a cut above his rivals as Davy Russell brought him wide into the straight.

Castle Wings stayed on in a pleasing fashion to claim second but was no danger to the nine-length winner, who holds an entry in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle in March for which he was given a 16-1 quote by William Hill.

"He takes his races well but he's not over-big. If he's going to Cheltenham then he'll go straight there," said O`Dwyer.

"He's a laid-back horse at home and you wouldn't know how good he was. But he looks a proper horse. I was a bit worried about the ground, but he did everything nice and easy and travelled well. He's entered in the Albert Bartlett and he's certainly entitled to an entry at least. It's something to dream about!"


From Belfast Telegraph