Paul Hennessy has been Ireland’s leading greyhound trainer for a number of years and on has been best renowned for producing endless amount of winners at Greyhound tracks down through the years, and now he has turned his attention to training horses with immediate success.
Hennessy, a close friend of National Hunt trainer Tony Mullins, is using his gallops in Watree, Gowran to train the horses. The adventure all began for him on Friday evening at the all-weather meeting in Dundalk as both Cheers Buddy and Bricks and Porter were representing the stable.
Both horses were ridden by talented apprentice Joseph O’Brien who is son of leading Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien. Cheers Buddy competed in the 7.30pm at Dundalk, the i105-107 FM handicap.
Sent off at odds of 14/1 , Cheers Buddy was held up towards the rear, but eventually came sweeping through the field, and young O’Brien, a son of Tullahought woman Ann Marie Crowley gave him a winning ride.
An hour later, Bricks and Porter competed in the Crowne Plaza leading jockey championship handicap, and started at 7/1 co-favourite once again under Joseph O’Brien. Hennessy is one of the co-owners and the horse ran a good race to finish 4th.
Both Cheers Buddy and Bricks and Porter turned out again on Sunday at Gowran Park. The two horses showed no ill-effects from their Dundalk exertions, as Cheers Buddy survived a stewards’ enquiry to come out on top in a very tight finish to the Tote Jackpot Races 3 to 6 Handicap this time ridden by Seamie Heffernan.
Later on Bricks and Porter ran another solid race as he finished a staying on third under Michael Hussey in the www.tote.com handicap.
Expect this 11-year-old to win further races for the Paul Hennessy stable in the not too distant future.
Hennessy has indicated that he’s only pursuing his horse training career as a hobby, and doesn’t intend to forsake his greyhound duties. A lot of horse trainers will sighing with relief having heard that.