Aughnacurraveel, trained by Thomas Cummins at Clashmore, Co Waterford, produced a fine display to land the Club Limerick Chase at Limerick yesterday.
He travelled beautifully through the contest for Mikey O’Connor and could be mapped as the likely winner a fair way from home.
Odds-on Dushybeag was always in the first two, but was just starting to struggle when getting it wrong at the second last. At this stage the winner had cruised into contention, soon led and only had to be pushed out by O’Connor to beat Harpsy Cord by ten lengths.
“Today was the plan”, reported Cummins. “He has always been a good horse, but the press have never given him the credit he deserves!”
It was a seventh success for the ten-year-old, consisting of five over jumps and two on the flat. Dushybeag’s trainer, Michael Hourigan, subsequently reported that his charge returned lame and faces a number of months on the sidelines.
Peter Casey’s Eight Till Late, who won his bumper on this track, was well supported to land the Tote Placepot Guarantee Maiden Hurdle and made no mistake.
Partnered by Andrew McNamara, the winner eased on going to five out and found plenty in the straight, as Sensing threatened danger.
Casey was represented by his son, also Peter, who said: “He obviously likes this place, we thought two miles might be on the short side. I don’t know where he will go next, we’ll see.”
McNamara was out of luck for a double when well backed favourite Paddy The Celeb went under to Primroseandblue in the 4th July Limerick Rated Hurdle.
Primroseandbue, ridden by Emmet Mullins, made all and was always holding the second on the run in, after Paddy The Celeb had stumbled slightly at the back of the last.
Said Mullins: “He did it lovely, he’s a proper summer ground horse and will stay much further than this.”
In A Nutshell got the full Davy Russell treatment to take the Derek Ryan Plays Live 24th July Handicap Hurdle.
Count Salazar was in front over three out, but Russell persuaded the winner to put his best foot forward on the run in, forcing him up near the line to win by a neck.
Trainer, Charles Byrnes, said: “He looked beaten, Davy gave him a great ride. He will tip away for the summer.”
After his 11-year-old On The Way Out had easily won the Live The Dream With Tote Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase, his trainer, John Kiely, remarked: “Age is no barrier when you have the heart.”
Given a fine drive by Philip Enright, On The Way Out coasted clear in the straight to beat Rohan’s Pride by six and a half lengths.
“It’s been a long road with him, I hope the handicapper isn’t too hard”, continued Kiely.
When hot pot Silver Chief forged ahead before the second last, she looked a sure-fire winner of the limerickraces.ie Mares’ Beginners Chase.
But the blinkered grey then literally stopped in front, displaying little enthusiasm for the job in hand. Andrew Lynch quickly sized his chance and drove the 16-1 shot Our Ned past to beat Silver Chief going away by seven lengths.
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