Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

First winner for Aaron Fahey at 50/1 in the bumper

Mon 29th Jun 2020, 21:06

Eilise's A Lady and Aaron Fahey (right) win the Kilbeggan INH Flat Race from Western Run (left)
© Photo Healy Racing

Eilise’s A Lady sprang a 50/1 surprise in the concluding bumper for trainer Paul Fahey and his son Aaron.

It was a first winner for the young rider and he produced the first-time-out mare by Shantou with a well-timed challenge to thwart second favourite Western Run after that one had travelled powerfully into the lead before the home straight.

Even-money favourite Erica’s Joy ran poorly on debut and finished tailed off.

A delighted winning trainer Paul Fahey said: “She has a savage pedigree as she's out of a full-sister to Our Vic.

“The owners (Martins To Booleigh Syndicate) would have loved to been here today but that's the way it is and it's great to have a winner.

“We're back racing, that's the main thing, and please God the virus stays away and we get better and stronger.

“Mary Lett, who had He'llberembered with me, has a share in him along with a Dublin lad and a few locals.

“Kilbeggan is a great track, it's fairly local to us and we've had a lot of luck here. Aaron had his first few rides here so got to know the track and likes it.

“It's a very proud moment when you get your son to ride a winner. He's up there grafting in the morning before he goes to Jessie (Harrington's).

“He hasn't been getting any outside rides. He hasn't given horses bad rides, it's just the fact that we haven't had the quality of horses in the last few years.

“The last winner I had was the festival in Galway (Oakly, in 2017). I had to go on Google maps to find the number one spot!”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

THE IRISH TIMES