Tattersalls Ireland / EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle Series got off to a tremendous start at Listowel yesterday evening. To the delight of the local crowd, father and son duo, Tom and Bryan Cooper were victorious with Tattersalls Ireland graduate CROCODILE DUNDEE.
In the first of the new six race Auction Maiden Hurdle Series, the seven-year-old was in contention throughout the race and went on to win by half a length. Finishing second was Cluan Dara, trained by John Ryan and in third was Phar Island, trained by Tom Mullins.
When asked about his win, trainer Tom said: "I am delighted to win the race, especially on home turf. The new initiative is a great opportunity for trainers and the industry, and a big pot of prize money was on
offer today too."
CROCODILE DUNDEE was purchased at the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale by Tom Cooper from Clonmore House Stud for €16,000.
Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale by Tom Cooper from Clonmore House Stud for €16,000.The next race in the series will take place at Gowran Park, Saturday 30 September (entries close Tuesday, 26 September).
These races are each worth €20,000, are confined to four, five, six and seven-year-old geldings and mares that have been sold as three or four year olds in a recognised store sale in Ireland or in the UK. Each race is confined to horses that have cost no more than €30,000 as a store and have not won any race under rules or a point-to-point. Runners in this Tattersalls Ireland / EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle Series will also have allowances according to their sales price and age. All horses must be EBF eligible to enter these races.