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Glittering new prize for Ulster National

By Ron McKnight

The Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National, which takes place at Downpatrick on Sunday, will have a new trophy for the winner.

The prize has been donated by Mrs Phyllis McDowell, wife of Herbert McDowell who trained Caughoo to win the 1947 Aintree Grand National following dual success in the Ulster Grand National in 1946 and '47 at Downpatrick.

The Caughoo Perpetual Trophy will mark the achievements of the great horse, partnered by Eddie Dempsey to win at Aintree and trained by Phyllis's husband for his brother John McDowell.

Caughoo, which was bought for £50, scored at 100/1. Lough Conn supplied an Irish 1-2 in the race while third placed Kami was partnered by journalist and author John Hislop who was also owner and breeder of the great racehorse Brigadier Gerard.

Sheila's Cottage, which fell at the 12th fence, won the Aintree National the following year.

Mrs McDowell's daughter Marion Cave, the former Irish international showjumper, said: "My mother is delighted to have the horse remembered with this trophy as she recalls it was a great family success and occasion to win the World's greatest steeplechase.

"We wish to thank Toals Bookmakers for making this possible," she added.

DUNDALK: 6.00 Arbourfield, 6.30 Eight Till Late, 7.00 Red All Star, 7.30 Pearl Spectre, 8.00 Locus Standi, 8.30 Pique Sous, 9.00 World's Greatest.

LINGFIELD: 2.20 Muzaahim, 2.55 El Principe, 3.30 Hot Stuff, 4.00 DASHING STAR (NAP), 4.35 Voski, 5.05 Cheval Blanche.

MUSSELBURGH: 2.10 John Williams, 2.45 Important Moment, 3.20 Mister Kit, 3.50 Pekanheim, 4.25 Life Knowledge, 4.55 Bollin Julie, 5.25 Drums Of War.

NEWBURY: 2.00 Reigning Supreme, 2.30 Global Dream, 3.05 Malapie, 3.40 Vinnie Red, 4.10 I'm A Game Changer, 4.45 Man Of Steel.

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Fair Loch, 6.15 Signe, 6.45 Parkour, 7.15 Musikel, 7.45 Kazanan, 8.15 Royal Request.

DOUBLE: Dashing Star and Mister Kit.

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