|News: 29 September
Doodle gives them the Kaboodle!
The most recent winner bred by Boardsmill Stud was at the Listowel
Festival on September 22nd. Tom Doodle, a six year old bay gelding
by Old Vic out of Hiltons Executive was the facile winner of the
Festival Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Ruby Walsh. Hiltons
Executive was a 4 time winner on the flat and comes from a well
established Boardsmill family. As a daughter of Theatral, Hiltons
Executive is a half sister to the Grade 3 winning juvenile hurdler
Spirit Dancer who was one of Ger Lyons biggest winners under
rules before he turned his attention solely to flat racing.
As pointed out by Alan Sweetman in the Racing Post on Wednesday
September 26th, Tom Doodles win at Listowel was most apt as
his name originates from the late great Listowel Publican and Playwright-
John B Keane. The Daily Telegraphs obituary following Keanes
death outlines exactly who Tom Doodle was
The Ireland of Keanes early years was still locked
in the sterile aftermath of the civil war, so Keane and some friends
put up a friend as a possible non-party candidate in the 1951 general
election. This was one Tom Doodle, a friend of Keane's in disguise,
who held the largest meeting in the town since John Stewart Parnell.
Unveiling his platform, the candidate offered to open a factory
for shaving gooseberries, hinted at a plan for universal free drink
and promised "every man would have more than the next".
"Vote for the Noodle" was his ringing cry, "and give
the whole Kaboodle to Doodle".
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