The Rising Moon shines for Bolger

THERE were trebles for jockey John Thomas McNamara and trainer Enda Bolger at a successful Limerick Harriers Hunt Point-to-Point at Lemonfield yesterday.

The pair got the ball rolling in the opening 4-Y-O Maiden, the first of the season, with The Rising Moon (1-2 to 4-6).

Never out of the first three as Tinerana House (5-2 to 4-1) cut out the running, the winner poached a narrow lead heading out on the final circuit.

He was headed by King Johns Castle (8-1) at the third last, but regained the lead on the run to the next and then pulled away for a 12 lengths success.

"I bought him for 25,000 at the Tattersalls Derby Sale and he will not run again as he is only three and a half. It will take a good four-year- old to beat him" said Bolger, who also owns the gelding.

McNamara went on to take the following 5 & 6-Y-O Geldings Maiden on Moscow Summit (evens - opened 7-4, touched 3-1) for local bookmaker Brian Collins in a race in which there were a number of gambles.

Moscow Summit made most of the running but was marginally behind Good Bone (6-4 to 4-1) when that one fell at the last and the Eric McNamara trained gelding raced away to a 15 lengths success over the gambled on Lordofourown (6-1 to 3-1).

McNamara’s third success came in the Open Lightweight when he again combined with Bolger to win with Spot The Difference (steady 4-5) for J. P. McManus.

The winner eased ahead of Native Ray and Jack Bennett at the third from home and the ten-year-old pulled away to score impressively by ten lengths, a feature of his win being some brilliant jumping.

"He is in the Aintree National but will hardly get in. The plan is to run him in the Foxhunters at Liverpool," said Bolger.

Bolger’s third success came in the concluding Adjacent Huntes Maiden when 19-year-old Bernard O’Neill from Mallow, a nephew of Jonjo’s, rode his first winner on Around Before (8-1 to 10-1).

Skint (3-1 to 7-2), with Andrew McNamara in the saddle, set sail for home with a circuit to go and had an eight lengths advantage over his rivals jumping the third last.

However O’Neill got to work on the six-year-old who gradually closed on the leader and collared him on the run in to win cheekily by a length in the end.

Going: Good Tattersalls Ireland 4-Y-O Mares and Geldings Maiden. Two and a half miles E. Bolger’s The Rising Moon br.g. Anshan-I’m So Happy 11-7 Mr. J. T. McNamara 1 J. F. O’Neill’s King Johns Castle 11-7 Mr. P. C. O’Neill 2 O. Doyle’s Mrs McGrady 11-7 Mr. A. McNamara 3 6 ran. 12l, 10l Power Oil 5 & 6-Y-O Geldings Maiden. Three Miles B. Collins’ Moscow Summit b.g. Moscow Society-Rath Caola 5-12-0 Mr. J. T. McNamara 1 G. Burke’s Lordofourown 5-12-0 Mr. R. O’Sullivan 2 J. O’Brien’s Our Darajack 6-12-0 Mr. B. O’Neill 3 16 ran. 15l, 10l Gleeson Sport Scene 5 & 6-Y-O Mares Maiden. Three Miles M. Cronin’s Brown Rooney b or br. m. Prince Rooney-Southern River 5-12-0 Mr. M. O’Connor 1 J. Roche’s Redberry Holly 5-12-0 Miss J. Lee 2 F. Dore’s Euro Call 5-12-0 Mr. J. T. Carroll 3 14 ran. 1l, 12l Noreen McManus Open Lightweight Race. Three Miles J. P. McManus’ Spot The Difference b.g. Lafontaine-Spotted Choice 10-12-0 Mr. J. T. McNamara 1 Ms. N. Hayes’ Native Ray 9-12-0 Mr. J. G. Bennett 2 Laune Syndicate’s Shade Me Shauny 8-12-0 Mr. A. J. McNamara 3 11 ran. 10l, 4l.

Goffs Winners of Two. Three Miles. D. O’Meara’s Icy Calm b. or br g. Arctic Lord-The Rymer Girl 6-12-0 Mr. J. T. Carroll 1 Mrs E. Flannery’s Welocme Hero 8-12-0 Mr. M. Flannery 2 Ms. I. Walsh’s Mr. Fencer 6-12-0 Mr. B. Hassett 3. 6 ran. 15l, 2l Pat Dempsey Adjacent Hunt Mares & Geldings Maiden. Three Miles E. Bolger’s Around Before ch.g. Be My Native-Glynn Cross 6-12-0 Mr. B. O’Neill 1 A. J. McNamara’s Skint 7-12-0 Mr. A. J. McNamara 2. D. Culloty’s Amazon of Success 8-12-0 Mr. P. C. O’Neill 3 13 ran. 1l, dist.

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