Monday 18 December 2017

Enright does the Business to end festive week in style

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

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.

Irish Independent

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