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Caim swoops for O'Connell

Caim Hill took advantage of a last-fence fall by Jagoes Mills to land the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase at Limerick.

There was little to choose between the pair when the 9/10 favourite came down, suffering a fatal injury, to leave the Grade Two contest at the mercy of Philip Fenton's charge.

Brian O'Connell was able to bring the 7/1 chance five lengths clear of Across The Bay.

Jagoes Mills' rider Davy Russell had earlier been successful on 2/1 favourite Stonemaster for Dessie Hughes in the Meteor Mobile Novice Hurdle.

Dermot Weld's Hidden Universe justified his short price and could be heading to Punchestown after he landed the Kevin McManus Bookmakers Champion (Pro/Am) Flat Race under Robbie McNamara.

Paul Townend, who was deputising for the injured Ruby Walsh, was in the winner's enclosure after Knocknabooly landed the conditions hurdle.

Nina Carberry also stepped in for a winner at Walsh's expense when scoring on the Charlie Swan-trained The Cockney Squire in the opening maiden hurdle.

Local trainer Michael Hourigan saddled 7/1 shot Cloughmile to land the mares hurdles in game style under young Adrian Heskin.

Irish Independent