Progressive Don’t Tell Pa the highlight of Mangan double

Jane Mangan continued her rapid rise up the ladder with another highly competent display aboard top weight Don’t Tell Pa in the Limerick Racecourse Handicap Hurdle at Limerick yesterday.

Then to top it off, she gave the Charlie Swan-trained Casablanca Lily a powerful drive to take the Bumper.

Trained by her father, Jimmy, Don’t Tell Pa was completing a hat-trick in the handicap hurdle.

The five-year-old travelled like a dream throughout and winged his flights. He moved up stylishly to lead over the second last and was just nudged out to easily beat Shesonlyahorse.

Commented Mangan senior: “He’s improving and we will see what the handicapper does now. Jane’s 7lbs claim is invaluable.”

Ms Mangan made most of the running on Casablanca Lily in the Bumper and her strength in the saddle had to be regarded as the decisive factor.

Kris Kindle went off market leader, but could not totally close down the winner through the last two furlongs and was still half a length adrift at the line.

Said Jane: “She’s very tough and gallops all day. I set a good pace to make sure it was a test of stamina.”

The Crafty Butcher failed to deliver again in the Winter Wonderland Maiden Hurdle and now looks very much one to avoid in the future.

He did make a near disastrous blunder four out, but recovered well to hold every chance into the straight.

But he again found little when asked and had nothing left going to two out, as the John Joe Walsh-trained 20-1 shot, Steady Ed, forged past in the hands of Brian O’Connell.

Said Walsh: “He won a point-to-point about a year ago on that sort of ground, he loves it.

“He jumps, gallops and stays, is a very big horse and needed time. He will now go back over fences.”

Eric McNamara had his first winner since saddling a 1-2 in the Kerry National at Listowel when Medicinal Compound took the Newton Abbot Races Handicap Hurdle.

Enterprisingly handled by Rob Jones, Medicinal Compound led at the second last and then held on for dear life, as well-backed favourite Baresi closed with every stride on the run-in.

“I bought him at the horses in training sale at Newmarket and he was cheap”, reported McNamara.

“He’s won a maiden and a handicap now and, as long the handicapper isn’t too hard on him, he might win again.”

The Garryowen Veterans’ Handicap Chase, a contest for ten-year-olds and up, went to Michael Hourigan’s Dancing Tornado.

He appeared to be just about getting the best of the battle when the challenging Prince Of Leisure hit the last and unseated his rider, Ben Dalton.

“It’s nice to win a race”, quipped Hourigan. “It is great they put on these type of races, I don’t think my horse is capable of winning any other type of contest.”

A long threatening success came at last with Paul Nolan’s Far Away So Close landing the Glenview Stud Beginners Chase.

Headed seven from home by Spot Fine, he hit back strongly to lead over the penultimate obstacle and was a snug winner for Michael Doran at the line.

“He’s better on better ground”, reported Nolan. “He nearly always runs a good race, but just doesn’t win!”

Bookmakers began their day with a screamer when Bullet Street, trained by Martin Hassett and ridden by his nephew, Shane, took the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle at 20-1.

Gentleman Duke went off favourite, but is a hard horse to catch right and, after looking the likely winner in the straight, had no answer to Bullet Street on the flat.

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