Foley Opens Account On The Flat

Fri 30th Nov 2012, 19:05

Fleet Captain & Ronan Whelan cross the line in front
©Healy Racing Photos
By Alan Magee
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.”

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

THE IRISH TIMES