Watch: Dubai-based Roscommon footballer celebrates stunning racing success

April 05, 2021

Skyace wins the Grade 1 Mares Novice Hurdle championship final at Fairyhouse for Roscommon footballer Cathal McHugh.

Roscommon footballer Cathal McHugh was celebrating a stunning success from Dubai yesterday after his horse Skyace won the Grade 1 Mares Novice Hurdle championship final at Fairyhouse.

The St Brigid's clubman, who lives in Abu Dhabi with his wife Aoife and works as a teacher in the city, roared home the John Hanlon-trained mount with fellow members of the Birdinthehand syndicate across the other side of the world.

It's fair to say the Birdinthehand syndicate got excited when 4/1 shot Skyace, who was bought for just €700 last year, crossed the finish line to win her first Grade 1.

Meanwhile, Freewheelin Dylan created history back at the Meath track today when winning the Irish Grand National at 150/1 for local trainer and Curraha clubman Dermot McLoughlin.


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