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Quite a Lot for Nolan to Like with Thurles win

Trainer Paul Nolan is confident there is more to come from Like It A Lot after he broke his duck in testing conditions at Thurles.

All of the jockeys riding on a wintry afternoon in County Tipperary wore black armbands as a mark of respect to Pierce Molony, the owner and manager of Thurles who sadly passed away earlier this week.

After falling on his chasing debut at the track in early November before finishing down the field behind the exciting Don Poli at Gowran Park, Like It A Lot went back hurdling at Leopardstown over Christmas but failed to land a blow.

Sent off a 5-1 shot for his return to the chasing game, the six-year-old made one or two mistakes during the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase, but looked set for a comprehensive victory after closest pursuer Toubaloo pecked on landing after the final fence.

However, Nolan's charge started to pull up in front in the hands of Adrian Heskin and with Toubaloo rallying, there was just a head in it at the line.

Drumlee was sent off favourite to give Charlie Swan a winner with his final National Hunt runner before retiring from training, but he finished a well-beaten fourth.

Nolan said: "He didn't jump well and I thought we were in a spot of bother when he rooted a few fences down the back. He jumped the last well but wobbled around a bit. If he gets his jumping together, I think he'll be a better horse over fences than he was over hurdles."

Our Katie got the job done for favourite backers in a dramatic Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase.

Four horses came to grief at the first fence, with jockey Jonathan Burke taken to hospital for a precautionary X-ray following a heavy fall, and another two were pulled up, meaning just five finished.

Our Katie made the most of the opportunity, beating Carrigeen Kigelia by three and a quarter lengths.

Ruby Walsh secured his 50th winner of the campaign as Totally Dominant (11-4) toughed it out in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle.


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