McKENNA’s Bar was the place to be last Sunday night when members of the Acorn Syndicate returned to their Armagh base following the win of the Karl Thornton-trained Paper Lantern in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase at Leopardstown.

“There are 20 of us in the syndicate which we decided to form in the bar late one night,” reported spokesman Sean Conlon. “I used to have dogs but getting into horses was new to me so, to get some advice, I first spoke to Noel Meade and Ted Walsh both of whom I found to be very helpful.