ROADTOABBEYFEALE splendidly prepared at Duagh Listowel, by former Ballyduff native John Supple, and superbly handled by jockey Eddie O'Connell, landed a hefty gamble at Limerick on Sunday, in the 2ml 6f handicap hurdle.
The recent Listowel winner made significant progress four out on the back straight, and at the top of the hill was right on the heels of the closing field, with O'Connell sitting confidently on the outside.
Coming to the second last, he eased ahead to challenge, and jumping the last was confidently pushed out hands and heels to win comfortably from A Descent Excuse by half a length.
Heavily supported from 7/1 to 3/1 joint favourite,, he had landed a similar well executed touch at Listowel last month.
A lengthy stewards inquiry was called, but after viewing the video evidence, and interviewing the jockeys concerned, no alteration to the judges placings was deemed necessary.
Winning trainer John Supple, speaking to The Kerryman in the winners enclosure explained: "The ground was our only concern, as he is an out and out stayer. We had intended going novice chasingbut we will have to wait and see what the handicapper does before making further plans. Chasing was always going to be his game.He is still very green, and showed it there jumping the last.
"Listowel was the main plan, and when it came to fruition we decided to go handicapping. With today's successful results, it's really great to get a winner here at Munster National day at Limerick.
Both owner and trainer were accompanied by many family members relatives and a full entourage of friends, who accorded them a heros reception in the parade ring afterwards.