Oligarch Society gets it right again

THE Michael O’Brien-trained Oligarch Society made it three wins in four races when taking the Listed Dawn Omega Milk EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Limerick yesterday.

All her successes to date have come when travelling right-handed and that has not been lost on O’Brien.

“We think after Naas (fourth to Go Native) that she may have a preference for going right-handed,” revealed O’Brien.

“If that is the case then we are going to have to try and sort it out. She will probably run at Fairyhouse and Punchestown and will be chasing next season.”

Davy Russell had the ride and he pushed Oligarch Society ahead before the second last. Earth Mother soon ranged up as a big danger, but found little and was six lengths adrift at the line.

Russell completed a double when guiding Paul Nolan’s Moskova to a smooth success in the Grade 3 Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Dawn Run Mares' Novice Chase.

This was the pilot at his best, taking his time behind, before closing down the leaders entering the final mile.

Moskova was in front over two out and she quickly stretched away to easily to beat Leanne.

“Davy took her wide in the straight, their was a nice bit of ground out there”, said Nolan.

“She goes better on better ground and we will head onto Fairyhouse and Punchestown now.”

The irrepressible Russell did it again when taking the Charleville Cheese Handicap Chase on Washington Lad, giving trainer Pat Fahy a badly-needed boost.

Fahy had been without a winner since Dundalk on the all-weather way back in September. Washington Lad had also been well out of form of late, but certainly took this in emphatic style.

Left in front four from home, when Colmanstown Hope and Alan Crowe went their separate ways, Washington Lad made the rest to score with any amount in hand.

Jessica Harrington’s Pontiac redeemed the promise of his third at Leopardstown when taking the Limerick GAA Supporters’ Maiden Hurdle.

He had the look of a winner a fair way out and had little trouble taking the measure of market-leader Pontiac from two out.

Harrington said: “We were worried about the ground, but he was entitled to win after Leopardstown. He might have one more run this season, but will go chasing next season.”

John Joe Walsh's Jack Absolute again showed his liking for the track in the Greenmount Racing Club Handicap Hurdle.

The grey son of Fantastic Light has now won four races in total and all have come at Limerick.

He bounded ahead early in the straight for Kevin Coleman, crossing the line a cosy four lengths to the good.

“He will go to Fairyhouse and could come back here first at the next meeting, if there is a race for him”, said Walsh.

Another who may head for Fairyhouse is Western Leader, who gave Barry Connell his 29th victory with a decent performance in the Bumper.

Trained by John Hanlon for O’Connell, Western Leader made all the running, cruising home nicely clear of Skorcher.

Commented Hanlon: “He loves that soft ground and is a good horse. I’ll have to talk to Barry, but if the ground stays soft he could go to Fairyhouse.”

The Mullins Electrical Beginners Chase, a moderate heat, went to Charlie Swan’s Garryowen Star.

The winner found plenty for Denis Hogan over the final two fences to deprive Davy Russell, on Immediate Response, of a four-timer.

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