18 year old jockey Jane Mangan from Conna produced two brilliant riding performances at Limerick races on Sunday last to record a splendid double, adding further to her glowing racing career.
She teamed up with her father Jimmy's Don't tell pa, owned by her mother Mary, in the 2ml handicap hurdle producing the course and distance top weight with precision timing at the second last to win easily by six lengths from Shesonlyahorse. The improving five year old is improving all the time according to his trainer, who will enter him in a similar handicap and wait and see what penalty he will get.
Jane's performance in the concluding bumper will live long in the memory of those that were privileged enough to have attended and witnessed the riding performance of the year from.
She was aboard the well supported 4/1 to 11/4 chance Casablanca Lily, for trainer Charlie Swan and owner Mrs Tim Hyde and went straight into the lead on the four year old getting the race fractions spot on, gradually increased the tempo going up the hill on the back straight, racing into the straight with over two furlongs to race, the field closed up and she looked like been swallowed up, but producing a magnificent display of powerful, well balanced and intelligent riding, outrode and outsmarted the opposition staying on really well for a gallant half length win from the favourite Kris Kindle for her 14th win on the track. Limerick win for Walsh DONERAILE trainer John Joe Walsh sprang a major shock 20/1 success at Limerick races on Sunday with Steady Ed, ridden by Brian O'Connell in the 2ml 5f maiden hurdle staying on powerfully on the rails in the straight to win by 51/2 lengths from the hot favourite The Crafty Butcher, but only paid a most disappointing 13.60 on the tote. Speaking to
afterwards the trainer explained.
''I fancied him today as he ran very well at Punchestown and had improved since he won his point to point last year and loves that heavy ground, he gallops jumps and stays may go chasing next."
He also reported that his excellent claiming jockey Francis McCurtin from Coolrua Fermoy, who suffered broken Vertibraes and a broken jaw following a fall at Thurles races last Thursday , is recuperating in hospital. Best wishes are extended to him for a very speedy recovery to full health. English win for Ring FREEMOUNT apprentice jockey Conor Ring, who is attached to the Evan Williams stable in England, scored another excellent win at Fos Las races on Sunday on his mentor's Bonoman the 11/4 jont favourite in the 2ml handicap chase.
Well placed from the outset, he was momentarily niggled along four out he closed travelling well three out and went to the front two out ridden clear on the flat he stayed on strongly to score impressively by six lengths from Anay Turge.