Foley opens account on the Flat

By Alan Magee

Fri 30th Nov 2012, 19:05
Fleet Captain & Ronan Whelan cross the line in front
Fleet Captain & Ronan Whelan cross the line in front
(Healy Racing Photos)
Jane Foley saddled her first winner on the Flat, and her second in total, when Fleet Captain (7/1) took division two of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap in the hands of champion apprentice Ronan Whelan.

The former Kevin Ryan-trained gelding hit the front well over a furlong out, and kept on well under pressure to beat Pierre D’Or (3/1) by a length and three quarters.

Spirit Of Grace (12/1), supported this morning from 33/1, was a half-length further back in third.

The Leighlinbridge handler opened her training account in a bumper at Limerick during the summer but has been frustrated in the search for good ground with the four-year-old.

Ms Foley said, “He did it well and I knew coming here that he was in the best form he’s ever been for me.

“He was off for well over a year as we couldn’t get good ground, and eventually decided to come here. He came on in leaps and bounds for his run here earlier this month.”

Rock solid effort from Gorman's topweight

Jim Gorman and Kevin Manning teamed up to land division one of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap as the durable Rigid Rock defied topweight in the opener.