Athea-trained Name Me Famous wins at Thurles

Dundaniel ridden by Jack Kennedy, leads eventual winner, Name Me Famous ridden by Daniel King, far side, away from the last fence in The Littleton Handicap Steeplechase

TRAINER Eoin McCarthy of Athea won the two-mile two-furlong handicap chase with Name Me Famous at Thurles.

Daniel King got the Denis Enright-owned 12/1 chance home by a neck from the 16/5 favourite Dundaniel, a fair effort from the seven-year-old on his first start since June.

At the same meeting, Gary Noonan partnered the Pat Flynn-trained Duke Otto to win the two-mile handicap hurdle. The Newcastle West conditional jockey steered the 9/1 chance home by half a length from Noel Kelly’s 9/2 shot Herculaneum in the colours of the Duke Of Saxony Syndicate.

At Dundalk, 10lb claimer Calum Hogan of Rathkeale guided Fleetfootsoldier (13/2) – for trainer Kevin Coleman – to win the the Handicap.

Hogan did well to anchor his keen-going mount towards the rear and gradually brought him into contention in the straight. The Footstepsinthesand gelding struck the front over 50 yards out to score by three parts of a length from Pink Socks.

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“Calum rode him out a few times at home so I said I’d give him the chance but I was really worried when we hadn’t Nathan on our side,” the trainer told

“The horse is genuine, he is what he is but he tries. It’s grand to get the win for Calum because he’s a big lad and the weight is going to go against him.”