Court Jester gives McGarvey last laugh

By Michael Graham

Wed 26th Dec 2012, 16:25
Jody McGarvey had a double <br> at Down Royal today
Jody McGarvey had a double
at Down Royal today
(Healy Racing Photos)
Court Jester sprang a 25/1 shock in the two mile handicap hurdle at Down Royal, and gave jockey Jody McGarvey a double on the day.

Sammy Wilson trains the six-year-old gelding in Ballygowan Co Down and he commented: “He’s a stronger horse now. He’s a different horse, but not a champion!”

“His jumping has always been plenty good enough. His owner, Stuart Thompson, is my nephew and is a travel agent from Saintfield Co Down.”

The winner made good headway before three out, and forged on after the last to record a victory by two and a half lengths.

Miranour and Mattie Bowes occupied the runner-up spot at 6/1 while previous Grade 3 winner Great Oak never got on terms and finished third at 6/4.

<Court Jester brought a smile to Tote punters as he paid £39.90 for a £1 win there.

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