Weekly Racing News: McCarthy records first double as trainer & more


Limerick Racing News

Athea’s Eoin McCarthy never rode a double in his days as a jockey but he recorded his first brace as a trainer at Limerick on Tuesday. He shared his winners with Gearoid Brouder who enjoyed comfortable victories on both horses.

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He won the rated novice hurdle on the John Leahy-owned 7/2 chance Blanketontheground which beat Denis Hogan’s More Info by a cosy two and a half lengths and followed up in the next race as Moonlight Glory, in the colours of Saorcha Fitzgerald, scored a four-length victory in the 2m mares’ hurdle.

Gearoid’s brother Kevin rode McCarthy’s first winner on the racecourse at Thurles three years ago.

Chris Hayes was among the winners at Dundalk on Wednesday where he landed the 6f nursery handicap on the Darren Bunyan-trained Brokers Tip. Never far off the pace, the 15/8 favourite beat the Michael Grassick-trained Baltinglass Abbey by three-parts of a length.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Presenting Percy is nicely clear of Kemboy as he wins under Jack Kennedy at Thurles on Thursday. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Conor McNamara brought his season’s tally to 16 winners when teaming up with trainer John Ryan to take the 2m handicap chase at Gowran Park on Friday afternoon with the eight-year-old Cluan Dara. McNamara had an easy enough time of things on the 8/1 chance and enjoyed a three-length victory over the veteran Conright Boy.

Upcoming Fixtures

Dundalk – Monday, November 23 (First Race 1.45pm)

Punchestown – Tuesday, November 24 (First Race 12.30pm)

Dundalk – Wednesday, November 25 (First Race 2.05pm)

Thurles – Thursday, November 26 (First Race 12.35pm)

Dundalk – Friday, November 27 (First Race 4.30pm)

Fairyhouse – Saturday, November 28 (First Race 11.55am)

Fairyhouse – Sunday, November 29 (First Race 12 noon)

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