Gillian Callaghan claims first winner on the track

Updated: February 25, 2011

County Meath trainer Gillian Callaghan claimed her first winner under rules when Mount Benbulben won the bumper at Thurles on Thursday afternoon.

The well-backed 5/2 second favourite, a point-to-point winner at Tinehely last month, quickened clear under Andy Duff over a furlong out and stayed on to beat evens favourite Mozoltov by seven lengths.

Mrs Callaghan, whose husband Barry is Gordon Elliott’s landlord at Capranny, trains a team of six just across the road from Elliott. Callaghan is a former Meath footballer who won an All Ireland title with the county as a full forward.

Gillian Callaghan only took out a licence in November, and her brother Greg Harford was a well-known amateur rider in his time.

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