CALEDON racehorse trainer, Andy Oliver was given double reasons to celebrate last week. His wife Saffron gave birth to their second son on Tuesday and on Friday night at Dundalk, ‘Apricot Moon’ made a very impressive winning debut for the County Tyrone trainer.
The winner (40s to 20/1 on course) was partnered by Billy Lee and ran last for most of the race, prior to the rider switching wide entering the straight to score snugly.
The winning jockey said: “Things didn’t go to plan. She was slow into her stride and, the way I was drawn, I decided to just take a chance and let her find her feet for the first half of the race. I turned into the straight and she quickened well. It was a good performance and she impressed me.”
Oliver added: “She’s a lovely, a big scopey filly and she was one we were looking forward to. When we saw the draw (16) we thought being first time out, and with greenness, it would be hard to do. To do what she did, coming from stone last on the turn up the straight, first time out was good and was impressive. She’s one to look forward to and I’m very happy. I’m not sure there’s that much more for her; there might be a winners’ of one in the New Year. Whatever she does as a two-year-old, she’s one to look forward to next year.”