Saltonstall recorded his first victory since November 2020 when landing the Handicap at the Limerick Junction venue last Sunday under a perfectly timed ride from stable apprentice Adam Caffrey.

The Pivotal gelding was given his customary hold-up ride from the outset and he responded immediately when Adam switched him out wide after entering the straight, where he closed on the leaders and took the lead in the final furlong to stay on strongly to win by a half a length from the Gavin Cromwell trained Mister Wilson.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen Thorne said, “He’s been an unlucky horse all season but he’s slipped down to a lovely mark. Obviously he’s been competing in premier handicaps all season. He didn’t have the rub of the green in Galway, he just got no luck in running. There have been a few races this year where he’s had troubled passages because he’s a hold up horse.

They went good and quick today and Adam was super cool on him. We told him to fill him with confidence. The ground was beautiful for him today and it was his Derby, there’s life in the old boy yet. Adam is very good value for 7lb and we’re blessed to have two good apprentices in the yard in him and Cian MacRedmond. When they get to know these older horses they are of serious value for their claims.

I’m delighted for Dooley Thoroughbreds and our sponsors BT O’Sullivan as well. They are strong supporters of the stable. This horse started the whole thing going for them.”