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‘Flat Finale’ double for Halford at Leopardstown
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Michael Halford signed off on the 2013/2014 flat season by recording a double at Leopardstown on Sunday. Prologue kicked things off for Halford at the Foxrock track by taking the seven furlong nursery under Shane Foley. The 7-2 favourite made all of the running, and despite a strong headwind, Prologue picked up really well and soon went…

Second win in a week for Slipper Orchid and McGovern
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Conor McGovern, the 18-year-old rider from Clones who is based with Michael Halford, rode his first ever winner when guiding Slipper Orchid to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Race at Dundalk last Friday. One week on from that success, McGovern and Slipper Orchid landed the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Handicap at…

Raydara shines brightest in Debutante Stakes
Raydara-(Patrick-McCann)

Michael Halford looks to have a very smart filly in his yard following the victory of  Raydara in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh. The Aga Khan-owned two-year-old quickened in the manner of a classy racehorse under the guidance of Shane Foley to record a cosy half length victory over Lucida. Foley made…

Certerach wins Dubai Gold Cup
Certerach

The Michael Halford-trained Certerach landed the biggest race of his career under Jamie Spencer when running out a narrow winner of the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan. Yet another horse to come alive in the Gulf for Halford, Certerach bellied his starting price of 33-1 to just hold off the late surge from last year’s…