Walsh on the double for JP at Limerick
Since returning from his unfortunate broken arm, Mark Walsh has set about making up for lost time and the Kildare rider continued his good recent run with a double for JP McManus at Limerick yesterday.
Walsh wasted little time in adding to his winners' haul as he struck first aboard Noel Meade's Killer Miller in the opening maiden hurdle.
Racing for the first time in the McManus colours, Killer Miller was backed into 7/4 favourite which was never far off the early pace set by Isabellesprincess.
The market leader breezed into the lead at the second last before a good jump at the final flight saw him gallop four-and-a-half lengths clear of Too Many Notes.
Walsh's second winner - his eighth inside the last fortnight - came in the beginners' chase aboard the Edward O'Grady-trained Flaming Daw which took advantage of 8/11 favourite Vedettariat's fall six from home.
Shantou Flyer tried to keep tabs on Walsh's mount as the race unwinded but Flaming Dawn was always travelling well within himself and the 9/2 third favourite eased away for a three-length success.
In contrast to his namesake, fortune deserted Ruby Walsh as the champion jockey failed to hit the target - narrowly missing out aboard Totally Dominant which played second fiddle to Tony Martin's Pyromaniac, under Paul Townend, in the conditions hurdle, while Martin's 11/8 favourite Dollar And A Dream could claim only third behind Bill Lanigan's 50/1 outsider Accordion Twilight in the two-mile handicap hurdle.
At Killarney, the Colin Keane was the jockey to follow where the youngster landed a treble - two of which were trained by his boss Ger Lyons.
The pair combined to claim the featured conditions event with Bertie Le Belge which overcame a long break to score on his seasonal debut - staying on strongly to beat Cradle Mountain by a length and three-quarters.
The same trainer-jockey combination then followed up 30 minutes later to take the extended one-mile handicap with Sacrificial which justified 9/4 favouritism by getting the better of Liffey View by a neck.
Keane then completed his hat-trick in the Ross Golf Club Handicap by driving the Paul Flynn-trained Jackie Ellis (11/1) to a one-and-three-quarters-length victory from Pontificate.
There was a shock in the opener when Jessica Harrington's Buyer Beware made an impressive start to his racing career by overcoming a slow start to land the extended one-mile maiden for three-year-olds.
Sent off at 20/1, the son of Big Bad Bob must have traded much bigger on the exchanges in the early stages after being sluggish from the stalls as Fran Berry was forced to push him up to tag onto the back of the main field.
Turning into the straight, 6/4 favourite Hobart went for home but the Aidan O'Brien charge weakened tamely up the straight and Buyer Beware made relentless progress. Expreso Brasileiro took over inside the two-furlong pole but Berry's mount swept by and went on to beat fellow newcomer Ashoka by a length.