Weekly Racing News: McManus colours prominent in the winners enclosure as Cheltenham looms


Limerick Racing News

Enda Bolger and Mark Walsh combined to win the second division of the mares’ maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse on Monday on the JP McManus-owned Norwigi. It was all too easy for the strong 4/9 favourite which made most of the running and came home eight and a half-lengths clear of the Paul Nolan-trained 9/2 shot Western Zara.

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Mark Walsh and the JP McManus-owned Norwigi win for Enda Bolger at Fairyhouse on Monday. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

The McManus colours were carried to success again at Thurles on Thursday where Fighting Fit won the ladies’ handicap hurdle in great style. A well-backed 6/5 favourite, the Philip Dempsey-trained six-year-old added to his recent Punchestown success with a comfortable five and a half-length win from Silk Worm under Aine O’Connor.

Trainer Denise Foster won the opening division of the seven-furlong median auction maiden with the Billy Lee-ridden Swiss Swoo at Dundalk on Friday. The Fergal Thomas Moore-owned three-year-old got up close home to deny 100/1 chance Newpark by a short-head, the pair narrowly beating Johnny Murtagh’s 5/4 favourite Skilled Warrior into third place. It was Lee’s 104th winner at the venue.

Enda Bolger ended the week as he started it, with a winner. He took the second division of the two-mile maiden hurdle at Naas on Sunday with the Mark Walsh-ridden Genois, the 100/30 chance comfortably defeating Willie Mullins 4/5 favourite Micro Manage by four lengths in the JP McManus colours. Charles Byrnes won the handicap hurdle with the Kevin Brouder-ridden Light Brigade which just lasted home to beat the Ross O’Sullivan-trained Bythesametoken by three-parts of a length at odds of 4/1.

Upcoming Fixtures

Gowran Park – Tuesday, March 2 (First Race 2.20pm)

Clonmel – Thursday, March 4 (First Race 2.20pm)

Fairyhouse – Friday, March 5 (First Race 1.35pm)

Dundalk – Friday, March 5 (First Race 4.55pm)

Navan – Saturday, March 6 (First Race 1.40pm)

Leopardstown – Sunday, March 7 (First Race 2.10pm)

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