Moskova takes Limerick victory

Moskova steered a lone furrow down the outside to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase at Limerick today.

Moskova steered a lone furrow down the outside to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase at Limerick today.

After holding his mount at the rear of the field for most of the two-and-three-quarter-mile journey, Davy Russell made his move in the straight.

And the 9-4 favourite pulled clear in this Grade Three heat to score by five and a half lengths from Leanne, with Go Sandy Go third.

"She went on the wide outside as there was a nice bit of ground there," said trainer Paul Nolan.

"She handles this better ground and hopefully there's more improvement in her.

"She'll step up to three miles now as she seems happier over further.

"She'll run in Fairyhouse and Punchestown provided the ground is safe."

Russell was completing a double, having partnered Oligarch Society to victory in the Dawn Omega Milk EBF Mares Novice Hurdle.

The 15-8 favourite, trained by Michael O'Brien, defeated Earth Move by six lengths.

Winner on her hurdles debut at Gowran in November, she tasted defeat last month when fourth to subsequent Cheltenham victor Go Native at Naas.

"Hopefully she'll go to Fairyhouse and Punchestown. She'll go chasing next year, she's a nice filly," said O'Brien.

"She'll be valuable now she's got some black type."

Things got even better for the on-song jockey as Russell brought home the hat-trick aboard Washington Lad (12-1) in the Charleville Cheese Handicap Chase.

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