Jupitor keeps Nolan on upward curve
PAUL NOLAN'S horses have been in rude health, and the Wexford handler continued his rich vein of form at Limerick, where Jupitor landed the beginners' chase.
Mikey Fogarty sent Nolan's 15/8 second favourite into the lead approaching the fourth last, and while Coole Avenue tried to challenge him up the straight, Jupitor was always going the better and took the spoils by a length.
Fogarty was completing a double as the fledgling professional had earlier been successful aboard the Prunella Dobbs-trained Romantic Fashion in the mares' maiden hurdle.
The mares' beginners' chase saw another visit to the winner's enclosure for the colours of JP McManus, whose Byerley Babe easily justifed 9/10 favouritism.
Trained by Robert Tyner, the daughter of Beneficial put in a solid round of jumping and comfortably pulled three lengths clear of Hill Rock after the last.
There was a rare handicap hurdle winner for 'King of the Banks' trainer Enda Bolger, whose Federici rewarded sustained support in the Limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle. Expertly handled by Adrian Heskin, the four-year-old was backed into 11/2 (from a morning price of 7/1) and, having hit the front before the last, he stayed on resolutely to hold off Sacre Malta.
The opening maiden hurdle saw an all-the-way victory for Pat Shanahan's Chicago, which revelled in the conditions under Pat Mangan to gallop 11 lengths clear of runner-up Blow The Doors Off.
In the bumper, local trainer Charles Byrnes rounded off a prosperous festive season as Lord Adare made a winning debut. The 13/2 shot travelled strongly for Barry O'Neill, before quickening up impressively to beat Golan Dancer by just over a length.