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Buddy gives Hennessy perfect start; DUNDALK by David Jennings.

Star performance Paul Hennessy opened his training account with his first runner when Cheers Buddy won the 7f handicap LEADING greyhound trainer Paul Hennessy made a fairytale start to his equine career at Dundalk on Friday night as Cheers Buddy, his first ever runner, won the 7f handicap.

Hennessy, who trained Tyrur Rhino to win the 2007 Irish Greyhound Derby, uses Tony Mullins' gallops to train his small string and he took little time to learn the tricks of the trade as Cheers Buddy stayed on strongly under Joseph O'Brien to collar Devonelli close home.

"That was some thrill," said Hennessy. "I've trained many a dog winner but this was very special. I knew he was in great form coming here and Joseph gave him an absolute peach of a ride."

The Louth venue was thronged with students from the local college and those who followed Padraig Beggy enjoyed a profitable night as he recorded an 87-1 double courtesy of Appletreemagic and Confidence.

Appletreemagic was having her first start of the season in the 1m handicap but did not lack for fitness and stayed on well to deny the well-supported Johnnys Legacy.

Confidence had acquired a rating of just 68 but the switch back to maiden company worked the oracle as the blinkered son of More Than Ready won the 1m2f maiden in impressive style.

The opening 7f fillies' maiden looked a match between Laughing and Ballroom, but both disappointed and Paul Deegan's newcomer Lady Fashion picked up the pieces under Willie Supple.

Golden Shoe stepped up on a disappointing debut effort at Limerick to win the 7f maiden for colts and geldings at 16-1, but winning trainer Jim Gorman was not as shocked as punters.

He said: "I fancied him a lot first time out and I was sick with the way he ran then. I've always thought a lot of him and I think it was the ground that beat him first time out."

Leaves You Baby was supported from 8-1 into 7-2 favouritism in the concluding 1m4f handicap, but Michael Halford's charge could only finish sixth behind Keep It Cool, who held off the thundering late burst of Cry For The Moon under Billy Lee.

Trainer Pat O'Donnell, who was recording his second Dundalk success, said: "This has been a lucky place for me. This fellow was placed here twice before and he obviously appreciates the surface. He'll probably go to Tipperary next for a hurdle in three weeks' time."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2011
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