Victorious weekend for Limerick horse racing

It was a victorious few days for horse racing folk in Limerick racing after wins for local jockeys and trainers alike.

Donal McInerney was the hero of the hour as he got the 8/1 Chasing Abbey home by three parts of a length from the Eoin Doyle-trained Dunbar at Roscommon.

Chris Hayes then landed a winner for Kevin Prendergast when Raphael won the 8f handicap at Leopardstown on Thursday night.

A well-supported 11/4 favourite, the four-year-old was never far off the pace and gamely held off the late charge of Phoenix Open to score by a short head.

Hayes was also a winner at Newmarket on Saturday when he landed a handicap over 8f on the Richard Hannon-trained Motakhayyel. The 5/1 chance is owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Oola jockey Cathal Landers was first off the mark at Cork on Friday, as the Padraig Mullins-owned Rip Rocks Paddy Ok took the four-year-old maiden hurdle.

Trained by Andy Slattery, the 7/1 shot readily overturned 5/4 favourite Fightfortheroses, running on strongly to the line to score by six-and-a-half lengths.

Rip Rocks Paddy Ok and Cathal Landers wins the 2m maiden hurdle. Cork Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 12.07.2019

Charles Byrnes and his old ally Davy Russell landed the maiden hurdle over the same distance with Turnpike Trip. A huge drifter in the market, the five-year-old won at odds of 5/2 having opened in the betting at the track as the even money favourite.

The last time Ballingarry handler Gillian Scott trained a winner was back in 2010 when she was known as Gillian Lee, but she ended the streak when touching off her neighbour Charles Byrnes in the 3m maiden hurdle with 16/1 shot An Fearchan.

Owned by Scott’s mother Edwina Finn, the eight-year-old showed great resolution under Mark Enright from the final flight to see off the Byrnes-trained Sky Marshal by a head. It was Enright’s first winner back from injury.

Scott’s brother Billy Lee was a winner at Navan on Saturday where he teamed up with trainer Mick Mulvaney to land the 5f handicap with 6/1 chance Early Call.

Billy Lee on board Foxtrot Liv earlier this season. Photo: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Lee was a winner again at Fairyhouse the following afternoon when he partnered easy winner Super Treat in the 7f maiden. The 3/1 shot was Doyle’s first winner of the Flat season.

 The father and son team of Eric and Conor McNamara took the 2m2f handicap hurdle at Limerick on Saturday with Celtic Dancer. The 5/1 co-favourite, owned by the Celtic Steps Syndicate, came from well off the pace to pip Ard Na Carraig by a nose.

The jockey was back in the winners’ enclosure at Sligo the following afternoon where partnered the Gavin Cromwell-trained 11/2 chance Cailean’s Angel to a nine-length success in the 2m4f handicap hurdle. It was his tenth career winner.

Mark Enright landed a second success in the space of three days when he took the 2m4f handicap hurdle on the Brian Cawley-trained Trendsetter.

“I broke two bones in my shoulder at Fairyhouse in the Irish National at Easter and was out for about 13 weeks. It took longer than we thought, and two winners from three rides since I’ve come back is not too bad,” said Enright after the victory.

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John Keogh