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Templepatrick couple hit 100k Fairyhouse jackpot


By Ron McKnight

The aptly named Pat’s Pick made a winning debut on the first session of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival when claiming the £100,000 concluding bumper.

The winner of the Tattersalls Ireland Sales bumper for horses purchased at the premier Derby sale is owned by Templepatrick based Joe and Pat Sloan – the local couple enjoying a successful season including a second Cheltenham Festival winner with The Storyteller last month.

Pat’s Pick was making his debut for Navan trainer Noel Meade who trains the majority of the Sloan family horses and was delivered in the closing stages to score by Nina Carberry.

The latest winning addition to the Sloan’s team was purchased by Glengormley Bloodstock agent Kevin Ross for 62,000gns at the Tattersalls premier National Hunt Sale – the local agent having also bought their original Cheltenham Festival winner, Flaxen Flare which won the Martin Pipe Hurdle in 2013.   

Ross said: “I’m delighted for Joe and Pat – they have been great supporters. I loved the horse when I saw him at the sales and thank goodness the Sloans own him. The only regret is they missed seeing him win today as they are in Italy at present where their daughter Joanne is showjumping.”

Trainer, Noel Meade added:  “We’ve liked him all along.The Sloans are great owners and I’m delighted he won for them.”

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