First career double for Áine O’Connor in Weekly Racing Round-Up

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Amateur rider Aine O’Connor notched up the first double of her career at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

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She was again seen to great effect when partnering Demi Plie to success in the mares’ handicap chase for trainer Padraig Roche.

Sent off a 10/1 chance, she was well on top when left clear two out and came home a four-length winner from 7/4 favourite Moskovite.

Another county Kildare trainer, Peter Fahey, supplied the second leg of the double as Brawler landed the 2m4f handicap hurdle in fine style.

The 6/1 chance went closer on the run-in to win by four and a half lengths from the Michael Hourigan-trained Drumacoo.

Ballingarry trainer Charles Byrnes and Kevin Brouder teamed up to win the 2m maiden hurdle at Limerick on Friday with Poseidon, a strong 6/5 favourite.

The five-year-old was nicely clear before the second last flight and had five lengths to spare over the Pat Kelly-trained Paranoid at the line. The winner carries the colours of owner Martin White.

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Husbands appointed CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse

Tim Husbands has been appointed Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse. He will take up the position in mid-January and be in place for the Dublin Racing Festival on February 1 and 2, 2020.

Tim has a strong track record in the leisure and tourism industry and over the past 25 years, has played a significant role in the transformation of Belfast to a destination of choice for both leisure and business tourists.

In various roles including Managing Director of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and the Ulster Hall, Head of City Events and Venues at Belfast City Council, and most recently as Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, he has made a significant contribution to raising Belfast’s profile as a host city for major events of national and international standing.

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– Tuesday, December 3 (First Race 1.55pm)

– Thursday, December 5 (First Race 12.10pm)

– Friday, December 6 (First Race 5.45pm)

Navan –
Saturday, December 7 (First Race 12.00pm)

Cork –
Sunday, December 8 (First Race 12.35pm)

Punchestown – Sunday, December 8
(First Race 12.20pm)

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