Interview with Keith Donoghue and Davy Condon

Tiger Roll

By Luke

Yesterday I was lucky to have been in Gordon Elliot’s yard. While I was there I asked Keith Donoghue and Davy Condon some quick questions.

Keith won his first Grade one this year. He rode Hardline to victory at Limerick on St Stephen’s Day at Limerick. The next day he broke his nose and fractured his eye socket after a fall off Burren Life.

His first Cheltenham Festival winner came last season when he rode Tiger Roll to victory in the Cross Country Chase. Tiger Roll was Keith’s first winner since the injury at Limerick. He won the Boyle hurdle on Sunday at Navan.

Who was your first winner?

My first winner was for Gordon in Listowel, Nino Cochise.

Who is your favourite horse?

It would have to be Tiger Roll.

IMG_7324Photo  Healy Racing

If there was one horse you could have in the yard that isn’t trained by Gordon who would it be?

It would probably have to be Altior.

I also asked Davy Condon two questions. Davy was a former jockey. He was forced to retire in 2015. His last ride was on Portrait King in the Grand National in Aintree. Davy now works in Gordon Elliot’s yard.

Davy’s first winner was aboard Slaney Boy in a handicap at Tramore. Davy won the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle aboard Ebaziyan. He also won the Fred winter aboard Flaxen Flare in 2013.

IMG_7323Photo Healy Racing

Is there anything that can be done to get more younger people into racing?

Definitely, if there was more advertisement in the schools, saying there would probably be jobs on summer holidays. I know when I was in secondary school I found out through leaflets being handed out for the Race Academy in Kildare. Advertisements from trainers around for when pupils are on school holidays saying there would be jobs in racing yards would be a good help.

Is there any ways to get more younger people going racing?

Youth Clubs could be set up through the schools. Especially during the summer holidays there should be youth clubs through the schools, bus loads to go racing.

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