Athea trainer Eoin McCarthy back in winners' enclosure

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Athea trainer Eoin McCarthy back in winners' enclosure

Blanketontheground, trained by Athea trainer Eoin McCarthy, leads Whatsnotoknow over the final hurdle at Thurles on Wednesday Picture: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

ATHEA racehorse trainer Eoin McCarthy struck for a second time with Blanketontheground which landed the two-mile handicap hurdle at Thurles on Wednesday last.

Owned by John Leahy, the 11/2 chance added to a win at Limerick before Christmas when scoring a four-length success over 7/4 favourite Whatsnotoknow under Gearoid Brouder.

The eight-year-old might well reappear this weekend at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival.

Meanwhile, Limerick amateur rider Ray Barron won the second division of the bumper with the Jonathan Sweeney-trained Churchstonewarrior.

A strong even money favourite, the six-year-old pulled clear from early in the straight to win by all over 16 lengths from the Shark Hanlon-trained Captain Westie.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Dundalk – Monday, February 1 (First Race 2.40pm)

Down Royal – Thursday, February 4 (First Race 1.15pm)

Dundalk – Friday, February 5 (First Race 4.30pm)

Leopardstown – Saturday, February 6 (First Race 1.05pm)

Leopardstown – Sunday, February 7 (First Race 1.10pm)