Good Coun­sel jock­eys make history at the Cur­ragh

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IN a unique oc­cur­rence four past pupils from the same lo­cal school made history by be­ing among the jock­eys rid­ing in the same race at The Cur­ragh re­cently.

The four, Don­agh O’Con­nor, Shane Fo­ley, Danny Sheehy and Dar­ryl Mur­phy all at­tended Good Coun­sel Col­lege be­fore em­bark­ing on their ca­reers in rac­ing.

Danny Sheehy only col­lected his Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate re­sults ear­lier in that week at the school, but has al­ready rid­den eight win­ners since sit­ting his ex­ams in June.

Of the oth­ers Shane Fo­ley is es­tab­lished as one of the lead­ing rid­ers in the coun­try and has the dis­tinc­tion of hav­ing rid­den a clas­sic win­ner in the 1000 Guineas among many ma­jor suc­cesses.

Don­agh O’Con­nor is to the fore­front of the Ap­pren­tice jock­eys ti­tle race and is forg­ing a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as an ex­tremely stylish and pol­ished rider with a very bright fu­ture.

Dar­ryl Mur­phy, like Shane and Don­agh, is a grad­u­ate of R.A.C.E., the train­ing academy for young jock­eys, He has had only a hand­ful of rides as he sets out to es­tab­lish him­self af­ter bravely over­com­ing ill­ness.

While none of their mounts man­aged to pass the post first on this oc­ca­sion, there’s lit­tle doubt all of them will col­lect many more suc­cesses over the coming years.

Deputy Good Coun­sel Prin­ci­pal Ai­dan O’Brien said: ‘It can­not be very of­ten, if in­deed ever, that four rid­ers in one race can all have at­tended the same school - a unique event in it­self.’

Don­agh O’Con­nor, Shane Fo­ley, Danny Sheehy and Dar­ryl Mur­phy at The Cur­ragh.

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