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Publican Hynes to ride in Town Plate; RACING PEOPLE Focus on those at the heart of the action.

NEWMARKET publican Paul Hynes is to make his race-riding debut in the Town Plate on August 27 to tie in with a charity auction at his pub, in which the breeches that Tom Queally wore aboard Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas are to be top lot.

Originally from Galway, where he rode hunters in his youth, Hynes has only recently taken over the reins at The Yard, a popular hostelry at the heart of Newmarket.

Situated just off the High Street opposite the bustling De Niro's nightclub, The Yard is a regular haunt of trainers, jockeys and stable staff, and is at its busiest when the nearby Tattersalls Sales are in progress.

For the past six weeks Hynes has been riding out for John Ryan, getting to know his intended mount Comrade Cotton on the gallops and is looking forward to the challenge.

He says: "The only taste of raceriding I've had before was when I was a mounted steward at a point-to-point meeting at Belclare [where Best Mate won his first race] in the west of Ireland and we thought we would have some fun by jumping round!" He adds: "After the Town Plate we intend to have a charity auction back at the pub, which will be conducted by Micky Quinn and is to raise funds for Leukaemia Suffolk and Downs Syndrome Drogheda.

"Tom Queally is to kindly donate the breeches he wore on Frankel on 2,000 Guineas day."

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2011
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