A popular winner at Limerick Races

Trainer Mick Winters, owner Paul Mullins and connections taste victory at Limerick.

JOVIAL North Cork trainer (Nick Winters) Mick Winters was a popular visitor to the winners’ enclosure at Limerick’s Greenmount Park, Patrickswell.

His gambled-upon (33s to 13/2) Crowsatedappletart won the D Pack of Knocklong Handicap Steeplechase, with Shane Fitzgerald in the saddle.

The race was of €10,500 in value.

The winner is owned by Paul Mullins, orginally from Ardagh but now owner of The Glen Bar, Kilmeedy.

“We’ve been waiting over a year for this win,” he commented.

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“There were other days we reckoned he’d win but it didn’t work out. We were confident of a win here on the home track, but not overly confident. It’s just great for Mick, and great for the lads who came along with me here. There’s going to be a bit of celebrating in this one.”

On behalf of sponsor David Ryan, the presentation was made by his father Dan, a bookmaker of note over the years.

Askeaton trainer Davy Fitzgerald supplied the opening winner of the night with General Clermont (3/1f) in The Cube Handicap Steeplechase. Gavin Brouder was on board.

Father-and-son trainer/jockey pair Charles and Philip Byrnes of Ballingarry scored later with 10/11 favourite Reverend Hubert in the Ei Electronics Beginners Steepechase.

The meeting doubled as the fourth Annual Inter-Firm Race Challenge for Cliona’s Foundation, and the overall winner was Ei Electonics, a Shannon headquartered company with a workforce of 1,200.