Trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Mark Walsh combined to win the first National Hunt race run in Ireland in almost three months at Limerick.

While Flat action resumed on both sides of the Irish Sea in early June, no racing has taken place over jumps in Ireland since Clonmel's card on 24 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There has also been no National Hunt action in Britain since the meetings at Wetherby and Taunton 17 March, but jumping is set to resume with the fixture at Southwell on 1 July.

Gavin Cromwell's Bentham was the 5-6 favourite for the first division Well Done To All Frontline Staff From Limerick Racecourse Maiden Hurdle, but was he was unable to reel in 4-1 shot Filon D'Oudairies, who carried the colours of JP McManus to a two-length victory.

O'Brien's assistant, Brendan Powell, said: "He was fit and well and jumped beautifully. Mark said he was very slick over his hurdles.

"He can be keen and settled well in front today. He keeps himself well and doesn't take much to get him fit.
"We kept a certain amount of jumpers going during lockdown and they were ready to go - it's a nice way to start back."

O'Brien, Walsh and McManus were well fancied to complete a quickfire double in division two, but 13-8 market leader Pasley could only finish a distant fifth behind Tom Foley's 20-1 shot Rebel Gold, ridden by Paddy Kennedy.