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Luck shines on Nolan

Jockey Mikey Fogarty and trainer Paul Nolan had luck on their side as they struck with Sardinia and The Mooch in dramatic fashion at Wexford.

Voice Of A Curlew looked the likely winner of the opening Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle, but she crashed out at the final flight.

The favourite Ashjar was hampered in the incident, while Sardina (9-2) met the flight all wrong but recovered in the hands of Cheltenham Festival-winning rider Fogarty to collect by half a length from Shutter Island.

Nolan said of the ex-Aidan O'Brien-trained Sardinia: "He is just not that good at jumping, and he took a few hurdles out the ground and it cost him a lot.

"I thought the blinkers would sharpen him up and they did to a certain extent. He will mix it now between hurdles and the Flat."

It was a similar story in the Join The Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Today Maiden Hurdle with The Mooch (5-1) going on to beat Ontopoftheworld by a neck after the 2-1 favourite Lipinski took a fatal fall at the last when in the lead.

Nolan said: "I think I'll do the Lotto on the way home tonight!

"His jumping wasn't fluent and he would have finished a decent second, but he wasn't stopping. He was giving plenty of weight as well.

"We couldn't sell him at Newmarket, and this was his first run since then."