Sir Argus (Soldier Of Fortune) Wins The Maiden Hurdle Cork

Easy Winner Kicks Off Double For Soldier Of Fortune

Sir Argus (6g Soldier Of Fortune - Oligarch Society, by Moscow Society) completed the first leg of a double for Soldier Of Fortune on Easter Monday when running out an easy winner of the maiden hurdle at Cork.

A bumper winner last season, the Willie Mullins-trained bay finished second on his last two starts and was sent off the even-money favourite to go one better in the three mile contest. Ridden prominently by Kieran Callaghan, he was travelling well with a clear advantage at the third last and went on to score by four lengths and three quarters.

Owned by Mrs Audrey Turley and bred by JL Lightfoot, Sir Argus was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle as a foal for €50,000.

At Chepstow later that afternoon, the Paul Nicholls-trained Don’t Tell Su (5g Soldier Of Fortune - Bell Walks Day, by Flemensfirth) landed the bumper on his second start under Lorcan Williams.

Held up at the back of the field, he began to make headway from four furlongs out and led approaching the two furlong marker. Ridden a furlong later, he kept on well to win by three parts of a length.

Owned by Gordon and Su Hall, the Robert O’Callaghan-bred winner was sold to his trainer and Tom Malone for €110,000 at the Derby Sale.