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 back at the County Louth track, making it a week to remember for everybody in Halford’s Copper Beech Stables.

“She’s unbelievably genuine and the 10lb is obviously a big help,” Halford said.

“Conor gave her a lovely ride. She’ll come back here for the Listed Cooley Stakes. She’s Listed placed already. She loves it around here and has had a wonderful week.

“ I’m delighted for Conor. She is a lovely ride. She settles and does everything right and gives the young lads a chance to concentrate on what they should be doing.

“I’m delighted for Carol Roper. When I suggest a rider for her it’s never a problem and it’s great to have a filly like her to get the lads going.”