Nearly Nama'd rolls back years to land Listowel pot for JP
There was a big surprise in the featured John J Galvin Handicap Chase at Listowel where Nearly Nama'd turned back the clock to claim the spoils for Austin Leahy.
The 11-year-old, whose previous victory came 18 months ago at Fairyhouse, was fitted with cheekpieces which seemed to work the oracle as Luke Dempsey settled the 18/1 outsider just off the pace.
The JP McManus-owned gelding was sent to challenge leader Lakemile (5/4 fav) as the field turned into the straight and having led between the last two fences, Nearly Nama'd kept on strongly to score by a length and a quarter.
An even older veteran, also running in the famous green and gold silks of McManus, returned to the winner's enclosure after the Hunters' Chase as former dual Cheltenham Foxhunters' hero On The Fringe struck at the ripe old age of 14.
Sent off the 5/4 favourite, the Enda Bolger-trained stalwart had to be pushed along by Áine O'Connor in an attempt to close on the leaders entering the straight. The market leader got a dream run up the inner at the second last and from there, O'Connor's mount galloped on to prevail by just over two lengths from All Hell Let Loose.
Proceedings got under way with a quickfire double for champion trainer and jockey Willie Mullins and Paul Townend who had little difficulty taking the opening mares' maiden hurdle with Scaglietti which comfortably justified 8/13 favouritism.
It took the pair just over half-an-hour to complete their brace as their 1/3 hotpot Fast Buck made all the running to record a 10-length success from Sticky Situation in the John B Keane Maiden Hurdle.
Mullins wasn't the only trainer to come away from the Kerry venue with a double as John McConnell also sent out two winners - both priced 16/1.
McConnell first struck with Play The Game in the BetVictor Handicap Hurdle as Mark Bolger drove the six-year-old to a three-length victory from Ingleby Mackenzie.
Lowtown Charlie completed a 288/1 double for the trainer, and owner Derek Kierans, as jockey Tom Reilly drove his mount 10 lengths clear of Robaddan in the bumper.