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Castlehume name in winner's frame for Fermanagh syndicate


By Ron McKnight

The Fermanagh based Castlehume syndicate enjoyed a winner of the same name in the first race on the final session of the Galway Festival yesterday.

Many members of the current syndicate were previously part of the Treasure Hunters Syndicate, organised by the late Rodney Watson and enjoyed Galway success in 2013 with Aladdin's Cave, trained by Colm Murphy with Barry Geraghty aboard. The aptly named Castlehume represented the group in the opener on the final day and having been supported from 25/1 to 10/1 sat mid division and wide until claiming rider Adam Short asked the Noel Meade trained horse for his effort - leading prior to the final flight and going clear.

A second local success looked possible as The White Volcano, trained at Armagh by John Woods, led jumping the last only to be quickly headed by Don't Kick Nor Bite. However the Pat Kelly trained Lizzies Champ overhauled the leaders close to the line with the Belfast owned Major Destination finishing well from a long way back to grab third and the Armagh horse having to settle for fourth place.

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