Enright does the Business to end festive week in style
Philip Enright closed out the festive period in style at Limerick yesterday by steering Oscars Business to a facile 12-length maiden hurdle victory on her debut over flights.
A three-time point-to-point winner that landed a bumper with similar ease at Navan recently, Oscars Business was justifying 4/5 favouritism in the two-and-a-quarter-mile heat, and ensured that Enright, a native of Tralee, finished with a winner on each of the four days of Christmas racing.
Kinsale-based Robert Tyner, who supplied the first of those in Askthemaster at Leopardstown on Monday, was again the source of the rider's ammunition.
"She is a grand mare and that was a grand performance for her first time over hurdles," a delighted Tyner reported of his wife Mary's seven-year-old.
"She will probably go for a mares' novice hurdle now at the end of January."
In the two-mile equivalent, seven-pound claimer Ben Dalton recorded his third winner of the week at the Munster venue when the Conor O'Dwyer-trained Folsom Blue (2/5 favourite) took full advantage of a last-flight blunder by the eventual runner-up Essexbridge.
New Ross-born Dalton brought his tally to four when Beckett Rock did just enough in the heavy going to repel the renewed challenge of One In A Milan under Enright in the handicap hurdle.
The win on Mouse Morris' 10/1 shot completed Dalton's first double, and Eddie O'Connell also came away with a brace. He partnered John Brassil's The Bosses Nephew (8/1) to a five-length stroll in the veterans' chase, after initiating his 116/1 two-timer on Hidden Crack (12/1) for Seamus Fahey.
Askanna (4/5 favourite) was another mare to post an impressive triumph when she fenced with aplomb for Barry O'Neill in the beginners' chase.