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Friday, September 29, 2023

Taylor Kingsley won a bumper race in Ireland on Chef d'Etat, the first American jockey in this century to win in Ireland

CAMDEN, S.C.--Taylor Kingsley, daughter of Arch Kingsley, who is training in Camden, spent a week in Ireland where she won a flat race, called a bumper race in Ireland, on Chef D'Etat, owned by Hurricana Farm and trained by Shark Hanlon.

Taylor Kingsley IrelandTaylor had previously won eight of 10 flat races in which she has ridden this year.

"Taylor is 17, and she's flying all over the world making a name for herself," said Arch. "She was going to stay over there, but I need her back here, so she's flying back June 6. We're going to New York with a few horses and then to Saratoga."

Coup D'Etat is owned by the same man who owns Cape Gentleman, who ran in the Aintree Grand National, both trained by Shark Hanlon," said Arch. "Coup D'Etat is going in another bumper at Galway this summer, and then he's coming to me."

While Taylor is the first American to win a race In Ireland in this century, Belle Bradley won the first sanctioned ladies race in Ireland, winning in 1972 at Phoenix Park in Dublin.

"Shark told me that Taylor is the first American jockey to win in Ireland," said Arch. "Shark was interviewed after the race, and he sent me the interview by David Jennings that appeared in the Deputy Ireland."

This is the interview.

"Shark Hanlon has said he would dearly love to keep South Carolina teenager Taylor Kingsley in Ireland after her blockbuster entrance to Irish racing at Tramore on Friday evening.


THE 17-YEAR-OLD rider, whose father Arch  is  a jumps trainer in America, had her first ride in Ireland on the Hanlon-trained newcomer Coup D'Etat in the bumper and timed her challenge to perfection to score by a neck at 33-1.

Hanlon, of course, was the trainer who tempted Rachel Blackmore to turn professional and he thinks Kingsley has a bright future too.

He said,"She gave him a super ride.She came over to me last November and has had 11  rides. She's ridden nine winners, so that will tell you what sort of rider she is. I'd love to have her around here the whole time. She's a great girl. Hopefully it won't be her last winner in Ireland. That horse will be a star in America too - I think he'll be a real good horse."

Kingsley was delighted with her winning Irish debut.

"It's a dream come true. Shark was the man who masterminded it all. I haven't been over here long but I've loved it," she said.

"My Dad is a jumps trainer back home in South Carolina and I've just started to ride in races for him this season competitively. This was my ninth winner and it really is a dream come true.

"I came over and spent a month with Shark this winter and that was all to do with Cape Gentleman. Then Shark sold this horse to the same owners and he ended up giving me a spin around here. It's huge thanks to him."

Hanlon paid special tribute to the American owner of Chef D'Etat, Pierre Manigault, who bought Cape Gentleman to run in the Grand National.

He said: "This is very special because he also owns Cape Gentleman who was hurt in the Grand National and came back out of the clinic only yesterday. Taylor's father trains horses for Pierre in America and I sold this horse to Pierre only a couple of months ago. I think he's a very good horse."

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