GRAND-National-winning trainer Jimmy Mangan combined with Belgooly freelance jockey David Splaine to win the opening two-mile, two-furlong Opportunity Chase at a well-attended Thurles races on Sunday, with 7/2 joint-favourite Nora's Santy.
The horse gained the initiative at the final fence to win by three lengths from Coll's Corner.
Winning rider Splaine, who excelled on the winning six-year old was schooling his seventh winner of the season and the 24th of his blossoming career. Lisgoold jockey Paul Townend was seen at his brilliant best on 6/1 chance Captaoin Canada for Carrigtwohill trainer Terence O'Brien in the stamina sapping two mile six furlong maiden hurdle where he made most winning impressivemy by nine and half lengths for Watergrasshill owner Richard Gardiner.
The concluding bumper went to the well supported 3/1 to 2/1 second favourite Byerley Babe under Bon O'Neill for Innishannon trainer Robert Tyner. Going to the front in the straight and stretching clear to a most impressive eight and a half length win for owner JP McManus. Catterick win for Lenihan GLANTANE apprentice jockey Eddie Lenihan, whose has endured a quiet spell of late, came back to winning form at Catterick races last Tuesday week aboard last year's winner Carmala Maria 9/2 to 4/1, in the three mile one furlong class 4 handicap hurdle, for East Yorkshire trainer Mike Sowersby.
Lenihan's persistence and will to win were the deciding factors, in his latest triumph, as he chased the leaders in the early stages having lost his place at the seventh, he rallied well to regain contact at the ninth, went third travelling well two out, racing to the last he was a length in arrears, but getting a find drive from the saddle went to the front and was driven right out racing clear to win impressively by five lengths and is expected to come back to the same venue over Christmas for a similar contest.
At Folkestown on the same afternoon, Macroom jockey Noel Fehilly, won the two mile novice hurdle, on Lord of House 7/1 to 6/1, for Upper Lambourne trainer Charlie Mann, drawing clear on the flat for a most impressive four lengths win from If in Doubt. Lingfield win for Keniry KILLEAGH jockey Liam Keniry excelled at Lingfield races on Tuesday aboard 16/1 chance Katy Spirit, in the six furlong nursery for Upper Lambourne trainer Michael Blandford. Well away and ridden close to the pace, he was produced with precision timing with a furlong to race, and strongly driven under a well judged drive, held on gamely to win by a neck from Devout. Duhallow point-to-point THE 2013 point-to-point season commences at the superb Dromore Dromahane circuit owned by the O'Brien family, on Sunday, December 30, commencing at 11.30am, where Duhallow Foxhounds promote a superb card with huge entries, which no doubt will see a number of divides. Towcester wins for Coleman and Fehilly INNISHANNON jockey Aidan Coleman, and Macroom rider Noel Fehilly, were on the mark at Towcester races on Thursday. Coleman teamed up with his retaining stable of Venetia Williams on Georgeous Lliege in the two mile six furlong handicap chase, with the 5/2fav from 3/1, staying on well to win by six lengths from Gers Benefit.
Fehilly teamed up with trainer Charlie Lonsdon, in the two mile three furlong handicap chase, with the 7/2 chance from 5/2, making virtually all the running, to win by over two lengths from Mujamed.