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McGuinness & Caffrey gain compensation with Sirjack Thomas

The grey Sirjack Thomas leads home his rivals under Adam CaffreyThe grey Sirjack Thomas leads home his rivals under Adam Caffrey
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Narrowly denied with Laugh A Minute in the previous contest, Adrian McGuinness and Adam Caffrey gained compensation with Sirjack Thomas in the concluding Novibet Blog Handicap.

Recording his seventh career success and his first since July of 2021, the admirable grey was sent off a 16/1 chance in the colours of Dooley Thoroughbreds.

Settled behind the leaders, he edged towards the centre of the track from the three furlong pole and was ridden over a furlong out.

The eight-year-old soon shot through to lead and kept up the gallop all the way to the line, coming home half-a-length to the good.

Supported from 20s to 10s, Coeur D'or was a fast-finishing second under Chris Hayes for Dermot Weld, while Jafeel (12/1), also trained by McGuinness, was just a neck away in third

The Willie McCreery-trained Helpmeout (16/1) completed the places in fourth, while Facethepuckout who was sent off the 3/1 favourite, finished seventh.

"Adam was unlucky not to ride a double and is good value for his 7lb. He probably won't have it for much longer and gave him a great ride," McGuinness commented.

"This horse loves Galway and was down to a very competitive mark today. He won a Premier Handicap here Derby weekend a few years ago and is a classy horse.

"Unfortunately the Dooleys aren't here. They were to come over but there was a last minute change."


Amy Jo Hayes, rider of Dare To Flare trained by Andrew Slattery, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that her mount was slowly away from the starting stalls.

The Raceday Stewards requested a report from Adrian McGuinness, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Sirjack Thomas, placed first, as compared with its recent run at Cork on the 5th May when finishing last on soft to heavy ground. The trainer reported that the sound underfoot conditions and his charge showing a liking for the Curragh brought about the improved performance. Having considered the evidence the Raceday Stewards noted the content of the report.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee

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About Donal Murphy
Donal graduated from Maynooth University in 2010 with a BBS in Equine Business and since attained a diploma in Sports Journalism from Dublin Business School. He holds a variety of roles in the horse racing industry, reporting for the Press Association and p2p.ie, while also working for SIS and the Tote. From Wexford, he is a keen runner and has completed over 100 parkruns at various locations around the country.