“I rang Tom Doran after this horse had come recommended, and he wasn’t hugely expensive after winning a point-to-point,” said Rothwell.
“He only won that by default, after the leader had gone the wrong side of a bale, but I knew he was one for the future given a patient approach.
“I’d spoken to Tom over the years and he’d expressed an interest in having a horse with me and he’s been hugely supportive.
“He asked me to target Ballinrobe with him and he’d obviously love to be here [horses run in Mayo colours]. I’m just delighted to get my first winner with these famous colours with my first horse for the owner.”
The legendary Dorans Pride won his bumper here in 1993 for Mayo native Tom Doran.