Fret delivers in delayed Dundalk opener
Thats A Fret (nearside)
(Healy Racing Photos)
The reason for the delay arose when concerns about stalls' handlers' insurance cover surfaced. It related to an an incident at Cork last autumn when a stalls' handler was injured but wasn't covered by insurance and today's problems were only rectified at a late stage when HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh assured the handlers that they were insured.
The win was a first for trainer Liam McAteer since last March and he later stated “people say 0-60s are terrible races but he couldn't win one last week! He was carrying ten stone then and he's not that big and couldn't carry the weight. He beat some good horses tonight though but I'd say the delay beforehand didn't really help as he can get a bit sulky.”
Winning owner Marie Cusack owns the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim.
Quotes from Alan Magee
There will be a long delay at Dundalk this evening due to a problem arising from insurance cover for stalls' handlers.