Lorna Fowler.

Our first runner in Ireland!

SKIP MAHLER is the IRC’s first runner (in partnership) in Ireland this evening. He’s a five-year-old gelding by the Galileo stallion Mahler, making his debut at 20:25 in a National Hunt bumper (Flat Race) over 2 miles at the Kilbeggan racetrack in County Westmeath.

Skip Mahler is in the care of leading trainer Lorna Fowler, who said he is earmarked for a career as a National Hunt jumps horse, but they start potential jumpers off in the Flat Races to get accustomed to track and conditions.

Lorna said: “Skip Mahler is nice, he’s a big horse that looks suited to be a jumper and we’re giving him his introduction today. He’s actually still maturing, a bit green and babyish and he has a good test at this track, a tricky race on an undulating surface with dips and turns. He is a well-balanced horse, which is what you need here, and he will be ridden by Pat Taaffee, who is one of the better amateur riders on the circuit and will be showing him the ropes.”

She added: “It’s a look-see for Skip Mahler, he needs the experience, but he has done good work, we’d like to see him in the first six or so, today, and after the race we’ll make a decision where he’ll go next.”

Skip Mahler races for Phil Molony, Lee Bolingbroke and Charles Sutton and the IRC Syndicate: “Phil and Lee have raced horses with the IRC before, including Song Of The Forest in South Africa. We are pleased to be venturing nto Ireland,” said IRC co-founder Joao Da Mata. -IRC.