Local lad Donoghue wins Troytown Handicap Chase on The Big Dog

He capitalised on Lifetime Ambition's error at the last fence

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Donoghue and The Big Dog enjoyed their second big win in as many months

The Big Dog capitalised on Lifetime Ambition's error on the final fence to win the Bar One Racing Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan, writes Tom Masters.

Jessica Harrington’s Lifetime Ambition led for the vast majority of the race and led by six lengths with four fences to go. 

But The Big Dog stayed well and showed impressive stamina when overtaking his rival at the last, easing away for a comfortable three-length victory for Peter Fahey. 

It was one fence too far for Harrington's horse as The Big Dog powered home under local jockey Keith Donoghue. 

It was a second big victory in as many months for The Big Dog who also took the Munster National Handicap in October and Donoghue, whose last winner came on November 6, was delighted to get over the line first. 

He said: “Peter is a great trainer, and he had the horse spot on again today. 

“I thought this was the perfect race after Limerick, I thought it would suit him better with a stiff finish, so it is great. 

“Having all the supporters here really does add to the whole occasion, it’s like the dubs playing at Croke Park or me racing at Navan, you love riding on your local tracks and it give you a real buzz riding on your local track, so it is just brilliant. 

“I hadn’t had a winner since the sixth of November, so I was getting a little bit anxious because it was going so well, but you are going to have weeks like that. 

“Obviously Gordon (Elliott) and Willie (Mullins) have their horses out now, so it gets harder at this time of year, but to win today is just brilliant.” 

Elliott’s trio of Death Duty, Coko Beach and favourite Frontal Assault finished third, fourth and fifth, fully 15 lengths behind the front two, with Mullins’ Rambranlt’jac coming seventh on a day that belonged to Donoghue at his local track. 

I hadn’t had a winner since the sixth of November, so I was getting a little bit anxious

- Keith Donoghue