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Tom Weekes

Online purchase bags the bumper

Fri 16th Apr 2021, 20:33

Glen Wyllin and Noel McParlan
© Photo Healy Racing

Cheaply-bought cast-off Glen Wyllin's 25/1 win in Ballinrobe's concluding Connacht Tribune INH Bumper this evening left winning trainer Tom Gibney to eat humble pie, served by winning owner Tom O'Connor.

The son of Yeats today battled well for jockey Noel McParlan for a length and a half success from 5/2jf Fameaftertheglory.

Afterwards Gibney revealed “his owner, Tom O’Connor, bought him himself last September online and I gave him serious abuse over it!

“He’s a big 16.3hh coming out of Venetia Williams’ and you expect something to be wrong with them - they are the type of horses people like Venetia are trying to buy normally.”

The Irish Grand National winner added “I wouldn’t be too well up on my bumper form but we’re just delighted to get the result. He’s a huge horse and this is not where I’d have planned to come with him.

“However with the balloting and everything the way it is, you go where you’re getting in these days. I just wanted to run him because he was ready to run.

“My wife actually did a fantastic job fixing him up — he had a couple of problems. He’s a lovely horse and we’re delighted to have. He looks the part.”

Six year old Glen Wyllin was bought for £3,200 from leading owner Trevor Hemmings at Goffs UK in September.

Quotes from Eamonn Murphy

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