County of origin: Kilkenny
Date of licence: 2011
First winner: Cheers Buddy (Joseph O'Brien) Dundalk, April 29, 2011
Significant horses: Heaven Help Us, Cheers Buddy, First Friday, Thywillbedone.
Did you know:
From Gowran, County Kilkenny, Paul Hennessy is one of Ireland's leading greyhound trainers and became a Cheltenham Festival winning trainer in 2021 when the Richie Condon-ridden Heaven Help Us landed the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle by all of nine lengths. Paul famously received a guard of honour from the small Irish contingent at the Covid-19 restricted Festival as he led the John Turner-owned mare into the winners' enclosure.
At the time, Hennessy had 40 greyhounds in training but just three racehorses in training, including Heaven Help Us which was home-bred and was born and raised on the Hennessy farm. Renowned in greyhound circles, Hennessy has won English, Irish and Scottish greyhound derbies and has trained well in excess of 5,000 winners.
Paul's first winner as a racehorse trainer came with his first runner. He won the i105-107FM Handicap at Dundalk in April 2011 with Cheers Buddy which was ridden by Joseph O'Brien, a 3lbs claiming apprentice at the time. The same horse won again for Hennessy just two days later at his local course Gowran Park with Seamus Heffernan in the saddle.
Before her Cheltenham Festival success, Heaven Help Us had won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Paddy Mullins (Mares) Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival.
ISF EBF Paddy Mullins (Mares) H'cap Hdle (Grade B) (Heaven Help Us - R.J. Condon - 2021)
Ballymore GAA Christmas Fair 3-Y-O H'dle (Thywillbedone - D.E. Mullins - 2015)
I.S.F. EBF (Mares)(Pro-Am) INH Flat Race (Heaven Help Us - N.T. Prendergast - 2019)
Return Of The Jumps (Mares) Beg S'chase (Heaven Help Us - D.J. Mullins - 2020)
Fillies Friday Night Out (Ladies) H'cap (First Friday - F.K. Mullins - 2012)
Tote Jackpot Races 3 to 6 H'cap (Cheers Buddy - J.A. Heffernan - 2011)
i105-107FM H'cap (Cheers Buddy - J.P. O'Brien - 2011)
Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey&Trainer Hcap (Div 2) (First Friday - J.A. Heffernan - 2013)
CrownePlaza Leading Jockey&Trainer H'cap (First Friday - D.E. Mullins - 2012)
Kerry Group Race Day H'cap (First Friday - J.A. Heffernan - 2012)
*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).
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