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Swan left with 'no regrets'

Charlie Swan may be handing in his licence in the coming days but he showed he can still train a winner as Rogue Trader claimed the opening 2015 Navan Membership Maiden Hurdle at Navan.

The 6-1 shot turned in a thoroughly impressive performance in the hands of Nina Carberry, accounting for the pacesetting Horse No Name with ease and eventually winning by 12 lengths.

Swan admits he may still have a small interest in training, but expects to send out his last few runners under his current guise next week.

He said: "I have no regrets and I've enjoyed it. It's not an easy game and with the way things are, if you don't have the numbers it's not really viable.

"I'll probably have two more runners, Drumlee on Thursday and a filly on the Flat at Dundalk on Friday.

"I've been 20 years as a jockey and 15 as a trainer and I'm happy to so something else. I might train the odd one for a bumper in our own colours and a few point-to-pointers."

Rogue Trader, who runs in the famous colours of John and Sue Magnier, will now switch to the care of Tom Taaffe.

Swan added: "He's a staying type of horse but he's not slow and he's a chaser in the making.

"They went a strong gallop and Nina used her brain as I told her to make it."


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