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Cork: Limestone Lad taking to fences.

nLimestone Lad and Sackville served up a treat for racegoers at Cork yesterday when they were involved in a rousing battle for the pounds 25,000 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Novice Chase, writes Tony O'Hehir.

And it was Limestone Lad, James Bowe's hugely popular eight-year-old, who emerged on top, winning by three lengths from Frances Crowley's seven-year-old.

The two-mile-six-furlong event was run at a fast gallop and, after surrendering the lead to Sackville four out, Limestone Lad regained the initiative before the second last to win convincingly.

Michael Bowe, son of the winner's owner and trainer, said: "Limestone Lad is only about three-quarters fit and if this season goes the same as last season he will only start to peak coming up to Christmas.

"He really needs a stiffer finish than he had here today and softer ground. We will sit down and discuss plans after we get home, but we are thinking of big things for him over fences."

Bowe added: "I'd say it's very doubtful that he will go back hurdling. We still have to clip him and that is going to be a big operation."

Meanwhile Barry Cash commented: "Limestone Lad is easily the best horse I've ridden. He learned a lot when he won his first chase here on Sunday and he rallied well today after taking a breather. He is a very exciting horse to ride."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:O'Hehir, Tony
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2000
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