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Saturday 23 September 2017

Casey's 'star looks like a Grade One horse to swear by

WILLIE Mullins kept the juggernaut going yesterday as Boston Bob continued an amazing run, but the success of Flemenstar in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase had many people talking and for different reasons, writes Niall Cronin.

Dublin trainer Peter Casey's first runner in a Grade One over jumps provided him with his first winner, and his post-race interview on RTé, which included some swear words and details of extracurricular activities he was looking forward to, immediately became an sensation on YouTube and Twitter.

However, beyond that, Flemenstar proved a real Grade One horse and one that looks set to go from strength to strength over the coming seasons -- Casey's decision to skip Cheltenham this year may prove an invaluable one to the horse's future.

Owner Stephen Curran deserves plenty of credit for turning down such a hefty offer and be it Curran or someone else who owns the horse this time next year, they could well be echoing Casey's statement: "Next year, please God, next year we'll be Gold Cuppin'."

A lot of water has to go under a lot of bridges between now and then, but Flemenstar and Bog Warrior could be two exciting chasers for this country to look forward to for many a season to come. For now, Casey and his family, who all play a big role in the operation, can revel in the first Grade One success of their careers.

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