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French Light in the paddock at the Clonmel Racecourse on January 19. ©Mark Boylan of The Racing Post

Irv Naylor’s French Light ran an impressive race in his Irish debut today, finishing second at 12-1 in the Munster Rated Novice Hurdle at Clonmel Racecourse in County Tipperary. Making his initial start for new trainer Keri Brion, regular rider Gerard Galligan was content to relax and sit at the rear of the field of

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    French Light finishes second in debut at Clonmel

    Irv Naylor’s French Light ran an impressive race in his Irish debut today, finishing second at 12-1 in the Munster Rated Novice Hurdle at Clonmel Racecourse in County Tipperary. Making his initial start for new trainer Keri Brion, regular rider Gerard Galligan was content to relax and sit at the rear of the field of...
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Middleburg, here we come!

The steeplechase community will get a much-needed morale boost as the abbreviated Spring season will finally get underway in a big way with an 11-race card at Glenwood Park in Virginia on June 13. The blockbuster program, which begins at 12:30 pm and will be live streamed, has drawn more than 200 entries, including also-eligibles. Highlighting the program is the G3 Temple Gwathmey Stakes, which has drawn a G1 field of nominees, among them: Scorpiancer, Zanjabeel, Surprising Soul, Moscato, and Iranistan. In the co-featured Middleburg Hunt Cup, three of timber racing's best will also go at it -- Doc Cebu, Schoodic, and Andi'Amu. Here are photos of some of the contenders who are expected to participate.

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