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Monday 18 December 2017

Katie upholds Walsh family values to secure impressive Limerick double

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Katie Walsh produced a fantastic front-running steer on her father Ted's Seabass to land the featured Tim Duggan Memorial Chase at Limerick yesterday.

The leading amateur rider, who completed a double on the Terence O'Brien-trained Hidden Identity on her only other ride in the bumper, was filling in for brother Ruby here.

It was the elder sibling who piloted the eight-year-old to victory at Punchestown earlier this month, but his sister proved more than an able deputy, seeing off all comers to prevail by a couple of lengths in the €26,000 handicap on the 9/2 favourite.

"He was number nine in the ballot to get into the Paddy Power at Leopardstown," the jockey reported, "but he didn't make it in so we decided to come here instead for this good pot.

"He did it well, though I'm not sure what the plan is for him now."

Walsh had an easier time when landing a gamble (9/2 into 9/4) on O'Brien's Hidden Identity in the bumper, as that one scored by 10 lengths to become the fifth winning favourite on the card.

The same handler's Farrells Fancy failed to justify its place at the head of the market when going down by six and a half lengths to Tillahow (13/2) in the conditions hurdle, while Tom Taaffe's Distant Memories (8/13) got proceedings under way with a cheeky triumph for Paddy Mangan in the maiden hurdle.

Irish Independent

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