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24 May 2022

125/1 winner on second day of Limerick Christmas Racing Festival

WATCH: Local successes and 125/1 winner on second day of Limerick Christmas Racing Festival

Rathkeale jockey Conor McNamara who enjoyed Limerick Christmas Racing Festival success on Monday

THE second day of the Mr Binman Limerick Christmas Racing Festival provided another thrilling day of National Hunt action at Greenmount Park.

The Roches Feeds Handicap Hurdle produced a Limerick success story when Cahirdown Boy prevailed for Rathkeale trainer Eric McNamara and son Conor. The winner, who is also West Limerick owned by Sean Curran, was returned at odds of 11/1.

Cahirdown Boy proved half a length too good for runner-up The Traunt, who was returned at odds of 6/1.

Earlier on the card, Herbertstown jockey Donie McInerney recorded his second success of the Festival when winning the Cargill Neomilk Calf Milk Replacer Rated Novice Chase aboard 4/1 shot King Alex.

The winner got the upperhand over long time leader The Priests Leap, a 9/2, shots to score a three parts of a length success for winning owner/trainer Barry Connell.  

McInerney had also been in the winners' enclosure on St Stephen's Day when partnering rebel Ivy to an impressive 13-length success in the Mr Binman Mares Handicap Hurdle at odds of 17/2.

The winner, who was well supported from a morning price of 14/1 and 16/1 to be returned at odds of 17/2, is trained by James Motherway.

Limerick owner JP McManus had his famed green and gold colours carried to success by Glens of Antrim in Monday's opening David Fitzgerald Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Glens of Antrim was sent off the short-priced 4/11 favourite for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Jody McGarvey.

The concluding race on the card, the Download The BoyleSports App Flat Race producing a big surprise when the spoils went to 125/1 shot An Forghas under an enterprising ride from trainer/jockey James Conheady from Newmarket-on-Fergus in Co Clare.

The feature race on the second day of the Festival, the Grade 2 Lyons Of Limerick Jaguar Novice Hurdle was won by the Joseph O'Brien-trained 11/8 favourite Eric Bloodaxe under jockey Bryan Cooper.

Racing continues at Greenmount Park on Tuesday, December 28 when the opening contest, the Keith Lynch Memorial Maiden Hurdle is due off at 12.20pm.

The feature race is the Grade 2 BoyleSports Irish EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Steeplechase.

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