Joseph Murray and Lisa Sheridan with former stable star Captain Midnight

Murray back in the winners' enclosure

Based near Navan, trainer Joseph Murray was almost in double form at Dundalk today faltering by a nose when the Lisa Sheridan-owned Rodney Bay just failed to overhaul Sense Of Worth in a handicap.

However, there was compensation for Murray in the next race when the first winner since 2018 arrived when Burning Lake landed an apprentices handicap.

Joey Sheridan was on board the winner which got the better of the Sam Ewing-partnred KInch by a neck.

Joseph and Lisa enjoyed some considerable success with a couple of horses - Captain Cullen and Captain Midnight - and were actually at the races in Dundalk on a Friday night on the eve of their wedding back in 2015. See details below.


You couldn't make it up and if you did, there would be accusations of writing pure fiction - but then, it has been said, fact is sometimes stranger than fiction?

Two racing enthusiasts travelled to the relatively low-key Laytown races in September 2015 looking to buy a racehorse in the claimer' that they might be able to run at Dundalk over the winter months when the 'stable star' Captain Cullen took a little break.

They purchased Captain Midnight which had finished down the field in that claimer.

09-11-15.Joseph Murray holding Captain Midnight and Lisa Sheridan with Captain Cullen. Photographer: John Quirke

Some two months later Captain Fantastic could be a title that might apply to trainer Joseph Murray who is based outside Navan near Oristown after he displayed a 'magic touch' with the latest addition to his small team that he trains for his wife-to-be (today at 1pm) Lisa Sheridan.

The wedding will take place in Oristown Church today - provided the bride and groom make it to the church on time after an amazing feat was achieved last night at Dundalk Stadium when the 'bargain buy' won for the second time in seven days.

It was an early, but not altogether unexpected, wedding present as Captain Midnight landed the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap about 16 hours before Lisa, all scrubbed up and with her hair looking pristine (if that's the correct description) walks up to aisle in her local Oristown church.

Last night, when many other couples preparing for a wedding the next day would be concentrating on other matters, Joseph and Lisa were preparing Captin Midnight, and all that goes with that, to run in his second race in a week.

Captain Midnight which won at the track the previous Friday night on a first outing for his new trainer had failed to win in 17 previous starts, but has now won twice and maintained a 100 per cent record for his new trainer when claiming a short head win for apprentice jockey Keith Moriarty.

The trainer calmly commented - 'It wasn't the plan to come back so soon but he was in too good a form. He was very game in the finish'

It is understood that there was a special portion of the wedding cake kept for Captain Midnight after today's reception in Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim.

They made it to the church on time!

. Photographer: John Quirke

Just in case you were wondering whether Lisa Sheridan and Joseph Murray made it to the church on time in Oristown today after their exploits during the week with their racing commitments at Dundalk last night.

Well, the answer is yes, they made it to Oristown Church where Lisa was nothing more than a few minutes behind schedule, but not too much to worry the groom who was waiting patiently.

After that it was off to Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim for a reception and as you can see there was a special toast for the happy couple, no doubt from Captain Midnight.

And as you can see, they were both looking well for the occasion despite the demands of last night's trip to Dundalk.

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