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Trainer O'Leary on the trail of Bonus double

KILDARE trainer Gerard O'Leary could be in line for a £15,000 windfall at Dundalk on Saturday when his charge Jolly Snake aims to become the first horse to attempt the Racing Post Yearling and Breeze-up Bonus double.

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O'Leary purchased Jolly Snake – who will run in the trainer's colours – for £20,000 at Britain and Ireland's first two-year-old auction of the spring, the Goffs breeze-up at Kempton, last month. He had been made eligible for the Breeze-up Bonus by his consignors Lynn Lodge Stud.

The Elusive City colt had also been nominated for the Yearling Bonus by Lynn Lodge Stud when he passed through the ring at the DBS St Leger sale last August – so if he wins the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden on Saturday, he will collect a £10,000 from the Yearling Bonus fund and £5,000 from the Breeze-up Bonus fund. Both schemes are backed by the Racing Post.

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O'Leary said yesterday: "I went to Kempton looking for an early type, a horse to have fun with. This race has been deliberately targeted for the potential extra prize-money. I got him named and did all the paperwork to make sure he'd make it.

"The bonuses are a great idea – when you look at the huge cutbacks in prize-money we are potentially facing you need these incentives to keep owners in racing."

If Jolly Snake wins on Saturday, he could double his Breeze-up Bonus payout if he wins another eligible race before the £500,000 prize fund has been fully claimed.





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