Moyross Youth Academy’s Wesley Joyce set for first ride under Johnny Murtagh at Dundalk

Moyorrss Yoyth Academy graduate Wesley Joyce will ride for trainer Johnny Murtagh in today’s opening race at Dundalk (4pm).

Joyce will partner Misterio in the five furlong Handicap. The 18 year-old is currently working closely with Johnny Murtagh at his yard after previously learning his trade at Moyross and the Racing Academy Centre of Education.

Speaking ahead of the race, Joyce said: “I went to RACE and I got a placement here at Johnny’s. Then Covid came and I had to go back come. Then Johnny rang my ma and said there’s a house here in the yard if I wanted to move up.

“The next day I moved up. It’s nice to work here. The boss is nice, everyone’s nice in the yard.”

Trainer Murtagh added: “I remember my first ride like it was yesterday. Very nervous going to the Phoenix Park with Jimmy O’Neill. Went in, Dave Fox the valet looked after me. He gave me everything.”

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