Historic double for Gary Noonan

Gary Noonan after winning The Punchestown Handicap Hurdle Div 2 on Smash The Lamp, earlier this year. Photo: carolinenorris.ie

NEWCASTLE WEST jockey Gary Noonan enjoyed his first career double at Killarney at the weekend.

Trainer Eoin McCarthy of Athea and Noonan teamed up to win the two-mile-one-furlong handicap hurdle with Caoimhes Pet on Sunday.

The well backed 7/2jf led before the last, keeping on well to win by a-length-and-three-quarters for owner John Gerard Kelly.

Noonan later landed his historic double when winning the two-mile-seven-furlong handicap chase on 14/1 outsider Avec Espoir for Val O’Brien.

Owned by his brother Seán, the gelding made virtually all, staying on well to win by a length.

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