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Knockcroghery lands third win in succession at Limerick

Updated: Sunday, 07 Jul 2013 19:39 | Comments

Knockcroghery held off Pires' late challenge
Knockcroghery held off Pires' late challenge

Mother-to-be Knockcroghery completed a quickfire hat-trick when edging out Pires in the At The Races Rated Hurdle at Limerick.

The mare, who is in foal to Fame And Glory, was supplementing two recent wins on the Flat, the latest coming on Friday at Bellewstown.

She travelled strongly for 3lb claimer Mark Enright before taking a few lengths out of the field two from home.

Pires finished with a flourish but the line came just time for Knockcroghery (5-2), who prevailed by a short head.

The six-year-old mare will be kept on the go for a little longer with the Galway Festival on the agenda.

"We will have to think about the Galway Hurdle now and she could also run in the amateur riders' race there on the Monday," said owner-trainer and breeder John Nicholson.

"We took her home after Bellewstown and she put her head in the pot and never stopped eating since. I fed her a 5.30 this morning and it was gone by six.

"I had to come with another one anyway so I said I'd let her take her chance."

Another Palm (20-1) denied Our Girl Lucy by a nose in thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase.

It was nip and tuck all the way but Another Palm got the verdict by a nose for trainer Noel Meade and jockey Robbie Power.

"He toughed it out and he stayed well. The mistakes by the other horses at the second-last and last gave him heart," said Power.

"Once I got to the girth of the horse in front I knew he would get there. He battled well."

Whats Happening (13-8 favourite) pulled out all the stops to wear down Original Option in the Limerick GAA Supporters Chase.

Barry Geraghty had to work hard to get Michael Hourigan's gelding home by one length.

Hourigan said: "The ground was probably on the quick side for him today, things were happening a bit fast for him.

"We might wait for slow ground now but Killarney and Galway are possibilities."

River Slaney (14-1) outjumped Sizing India at the final flight to take the €20,000 Tote Placepot Guarantee Maiden Hurdle.

Liz Doyle's charge found plenty for Adrian Heskin to pull clear on the run-in and win by two lengths.

The trainer's partner Barry Murphy said: "I'm not surprised. He was second in a maiden hurdle at Thurles when he was fairly short (of work).

"He had since run at Clonmel but the ground there turned soft and he wasn't able to handle it.

"We have always thought he would win a maiden hurdle and I think he will win a few more."

Trainer Pauline Gavin enjoyed a rare success when The Lady Granuaile (20-1) took the Limerickraces.ie Mares Beginners Chase under Alan Crowe.

"She likes that ground and we'll look for something at Galway with her next," said Gavin.

Amateur rider Andrew Latta brought the John Kiely-trained Blossom Gate (6-1) to go on two out and land the Nathan Carter Play Live 25th July Handicap by four lengths from Prosperity Square.

"I was hoping she'd run well and she's a very consistent mare," said Kiely.

Sandy Lane (10-1) made a winning debut for trainer Jimmy Mangan and his amateur rider daughter Jane in the Greenmount Conference Centre Mares Flat Race Division One, while the Willie Mullins-trained Supreme Bailerina (9-1) powered away with division two.

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