Holeinthewall cashes in for Hourigan at Limerick
Holeinthewall Bar clung on gamely to secure some local joy for Michael Hourigan in yesterday's Forenaghts Stud Handicap Hurdle at Limerick.
Mikey Fogarty's mount assumed a commanding lead two-out. The 5/1 shot had been thwarted late on his previous outing at Clonmel, and a similar fate briefly looked in store here.
However, he had half-a-length to spare over the closing duo of The Winkler and Presenting Mahler when it mattered.
"That was great for Steve who has been a great supporter of mine," Hourigan said of Holeinthewall Bar's owner Steve Fahy, proprietor of the public house of the same name in Galway city. "He hasn't been well and I told him not to come today with the weather being so bad.
"He'll have got as big a buzz from watching it on TV though and was on the phone straight after. This fellow was mugged on the line twice this year and he's the type of horse who would also win in England - he is for sale."
In the three-mile Easyfix Handicap Hurdle that followed, Massini's Adventure readily justified each-way support (16/1 into 12/1) under Philip Enright. The winner's handler Robert Tyner was also among the point-to-point winners at Dromahane, while Enright was denied the prospect of a double when second on Tamisa in the juvenile hurdle.
The Ger Fox-ridden Jer's Girl, backed from 7/1 into 5/2 favouritism in that, ploughed readily through the mud en route to a decisive win.
"She loves that ground and travels and jumps great," Fox said of the Jeremy filly, which is trained in Co Meath by Gavin Cromwell. "She wasn't doing much in front but winged the last and was well-schooled."
In the second maiden, JP McManus's Denis Cullen-trained A Great View belied an enormous market drift - 7/2 out to 11/1 - to hack up in the hands of Jody McGarvey. "I'm delighted with that as it was his first run back following a break and I had to give him time after his run (in June), as he threw a splint," Cullen said of A Great View.
Dermot Weld's Show Court (2/1) was also impressive under Luke Dempsey, while Una's Pleasure (13/2, Sheila Ahern) was a popular bumper winner for John Joe Walsh, who has such a prolific record at the track.