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News: 29 September 2007

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 Doodle’s win at Listowel was most apt as his name originates from the late great Listowel Publican and Playwright- John B Keane. The Daily Telegraph’s obituary following Keane’s death outlines exactly who ‘Tom Doodle’ was……..

‘The Ireland of Keane’s 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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