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Missunited came out on top in a battle with Twigline for the Grade 3 Mares' Novice Hurdle at Limerick

Updated: Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 18:56 | Comments

Trainer Mick Winters was on the mark when Missunited battled back to beat favourite Twigline in the Mares' Novice Hurdle
Trainer Mick Winters was on the mark when Missunited battled back to beat favourite Twigline in the Mares' Novice Hurdle

Old rivals Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh were seen to their brilliant best at Limerick as Missunited (11-8) came out on top in a ding-dong battle with Twigline for the Grade Three Kerry Group E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle.

Walsh had tracked the Michael Winters-trained mare aboard Willie Mullins' inmate for the majority of the two-mile contest before a great leap at the second-last fight saw her momentarily get her head in front.

However, the battle-hardened Missunited displayed great determination under and a strong Geraghty drive to lead again where it mattered most and score by half a length.

Dazzling Susie couldn't keep up a relentless early gallop in the I.T.B.A Fillies Scheme E.B.F. Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase and it was Charlie's Vic (5-1) who also claimed Grade Three success on the day under a perfectly-timed Derek Fox ride.

Noel Kelly's charge travelled best of those ridden in behind the pace and when the leader came back to the field, Fox manoeuvred his mare into a winnable position approaching the final fence and she found enough to thwart Avondhu Lady by a neck.

Normal domestic service was resumed for Mullins and Walsh when Djakadam (1-6) landed the Limerick Races Congratulate World Hurdle Winner Solwhit Hurdle.

Geraghty tracked Walsh aboard Courage on this occasion, but he couldn't get near the red-hot favourite, who gave Charles Byrnes' inmate 7lb and a seven-length beating.

The Newton Abbot Racecourse Handicap Hurdle went the way of Unoccupied (6-1), who stayed on resolutely under an action-packed ride from Mark Enright.

Eoghan O'Grady's representative was recording his third career success and forced the well-supported Whiskey Hall to settle for the runner-up spot for the second year running as he ran out a comfortable 12-length winner.

The Charleville Cheese Beginners Chase went the way of He's Our Man (9-10) who broke his chase duck at the fourth time of asking when beating Dul Ar An Ol by a length and a half.

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