Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Tenth winner of the season for Liz Doyle

Fri 10th Jan 2020, 16:31

Ahgetawayoutadat and Sean O'Keeffe jump the last in front
© Photo Healy Racing

Liz Doyle moved onto the ten winner mark for the season when Ahgetawayoutadat (7/1) stayed on well for Sean O’Keeffe (18th winner of the campaign) to take the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle by seven lengths from Monty’s Mission (6/1), with a similar margin back to the 5/1 favourite Rebel Waltz in third spot.

The winning daughter of Getaway was making the breakthrough on her fourteenth start over hurdles (didn’t run in point-to-points or bumpers) and had run well on her penultimate start when second at Fairyhouse, although disappointed at the same course last month.

She seem to have improved a little bit for the fitting of blinkers, and is a half-sister to Earth Planet, who was a four-time winner for Paul Nicholls around the beginning of the previous decade.

"I'm delighted she's had her day, said the winning trainer Liz Doyle.

"She's a small, cheap mare for a syndicate that just wanted a bit of fun. She saw it out well. She's slow and just about on the bridle the whole way, she wants three miles. Hopefully we can nick something similar again."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

THE IRISH TIMES