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    Stuart Edmunds and Ciaran Gethings Celebrate Triumph at Thurles
Stuart Edmunds and Ciaran Gethings Celebrate Triumph at Thurles
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Stuart Edmunds and Ciaran Gethings Celebrate Triumph at Thurles

Enterprising raid with Marsh Wren secures Listed Honours.


Stuart Edmunds made a bold move that paid off handsomely as Marsh Wren clinched victory in the prestigious Carey Glass Irish EBF Colreevy Mares Novice Chase at Thurles.

The eight-year-old mare, co-owned by former footballer Ben Turner, had previously shown her prowess as a talented hurdler before transitioning to fences. Displaying remarkable consistency, she triumphed in two out of three races before making the journey from her Buckinghamshire base in Stewkley to Ireland.

Having only faced defeat once in the Listed Lady Godiva Chase at Wincanton last December, Marsh Wren aimed to assert her dominance at Thurles. Guided by jockey Ciaran Gethings, she took to the soft ground with gusto, leading the pack throughout the race and fending off fierce competition in the final stretch.

Despite facing strong contenders, Marsh Wren held her ground and emerged victorious by three-quarters of a length at odds of 9-4, marking a significant milestone for both trainer Stuart Edmunds and jockey Ciaran Gethings with their maiden win on Irish soil.

Delighted with the thrilling victory, Edmunds praised the mare's tenacity, stating,

"She’s a true testament to everyone involved; she possesses an unyielding spirit and never surrenders. She performed exceptionally well".

Gethings expressed his joy at the win, acknowledging the efforts of Stuart and Ben Turner, the owner, and commending the team for their commitment. Reflecting on his personal journey, he shared,

"This is my first Irish win, and it's been an incredible experience. I might have some opportunities at the Cheltenham Festival and could ride for Kim Bailey if the chance arises".

Looking ahead, Marsh Wren holds an entry for the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, contingent on favourable soft ground conditions. Edmunds highlighted the importance of monitoring the weather closer to the event to make an informed decision.

In another thrilling race, Willie Mullins' Largy Hill showcased his progress by claiming victory in the BoyleSports Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle. The seven-year-old demonstrated a commendable performance, excelling in Grade Three company and triumphing under jockey Paul Townend.

Mullins commended Largy Hill's impeccable jumping skills and expressed satisfaction with the outcome. He revealed,

"The winner showed great potential, and we are pleased with his performance. He has a bright future ahead".

As the racing season unfolds, both Marsh Wren and Largy Hill have set the stage for exciting prospects, with potential opportunities looming on the horizon.

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