Limerick racecourse has been good to Oola conditional jockey Cathal Landers. He rode his biggest winner when taking the Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase on the James Grace-trained De Benno at the Christmas festival in 2017, completed his first double on the same day and on Thursday recorded a career-first treble at the Patrickswell track.
He rode his winners for three different trainers beginning with Andy Slattery who supplied 18/5 chance Whogotyanow to win the rated novice hurdle.
Landers made all the running on the Dr Ronan Tynan-owned five-year-old to beat the Joe Hennessy-trained Lady Lingo and was back in the winners’ enclosure 30 minutes later after taking the two and a half-mile handicap hurdle on the Ross O’Sullivan-trained Royal Recital.
Landers gave the Anthony Fenlon-owned 5/1 chance a brilliantly patient ride and came late with his challenge to beat the James Dullea-trained Master Cornwall by a length and a quarter.
It was just as easy on the Cathal Byrnes-trained 9/4 favourite Gendarme which completed the treble with a convincing two and a half-length win in the second division of the two-mile handicap hurdle. Owned by the Golden Circle Group Syndicate, the six-year-old readily got the better of the front-running Cornerkova.
Gendarme (left) completes a career-first treble for Cathal Landers when winning for trainer Cathal Byrnes and the golden Circle Group Syndicate at Limerick on Thursday. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post
Askeaton amateur rider Aine O’Connor was also among the Thursday winners as she landed the three-mile handicap hurdle on 9/2 favourite Forgetthesurprise. Aine owns the Niall Madden-trained the seven-year-old and made much of the running on him to win by a cosy two and a half-lengths from the Tom Gibney-trained Happie Days.
Earlier in the week, Chris Hayes and Noel Meade were among the winners at Ballinrobe on Monday where Ben Siegel landed the first of the nine-furlong handicaps. Owned by Eoin Banville and Peter Parkhill, the 100/30 chance got up in the last stride under Chris Hayes to win by a head from Matthew Smith’s Razdan and long-time leader Kojin.
Wesley Joyce rode his fifth winner when partnering the Mick Mulvany-trained Take My Hand to win the second division of the apprentice handicap at Naas on Wednesday. In was tight but the 14/1 chance came out on top in a three-way photo-finish, beating John McConnell’s Beleaguerment by a head with the Gillian Scott-trained Colonel Slade three-parts of a length away in third place.
Billy Lee and Paddy Twomey shared another winner as Glengarra took the seven-furlong maiden at Down Royal on Friday, but it was tight. The 3/1 chance made all the running and held on by a nose from the Joseph O’Brien-trained Ultramarine at the line.
Aine O’Connor is clear on the Niall Madden-trained Forgetthesurprise at Limerick on Thursday. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post.
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