Enright and Walsh team up for 55-1 double.
THE combination of trainer John Joe Walsh and jockey Philip Enright provided an unlikely 55-1 double at a gloomy but reasonably attended Limerick.
Walsh, whose horses have been hitting the crossbar recently, had good reason to be thankful the 2m5f handicap hurdle was divided as he and Enright combined to win both divisions.
The underachieving Really Unique set the ball rolling in division one as he gamely saw off the challenge of Stonehatchetmad, while Big Jemmy, owned by Ann McCabe and her brotherin-law Noel McCabe, was patiently ridden to complete the double. It also gave Enright his third winner of the two-day meeting.
"After three seconds it's nice to get two winners," said Walsh. He added: "Big Jemmy was nearly gone out of the handicap because soft ground kills him. He'll go chasing."
Clearly in good form, Walsh then regaled us about a fancied one he rode in a Tralee bumper 30 years ago. He was on the outside of the field and prevented the mare who eventually won the race from running out at the bend past the stands. The mare was none other than Dawn Run. The rest, as they say, is history.
Russell extends lead Gift Of Dgab provided Davy Russell, sporting a Fu Manchu moustache for Movember, with his 60th winner of the season when striding to victory in the 2m3f beginners' chase. It leaves him 18 clear of Barry Geraghty at the top of the jockeys' table and, with the ammunition at his disposal, he is the one to beat.
The winner never made a mistake but some of the extravagant leaps he put in would have raised the blood pressure a notch or two.
"He's brave but he's hard to get into a rhythm," said Russell. "He might be better in a winners' race going up a cog."
Rocky lands knockout blow Rockyaboya gave champion trainer Willie Mullins his sole success of the day when running out an emphatic winner of the 2m1f beginners' chase under his son Patrick.
The son of Rock Hopper impressed with his jumping on his chasing debut, and the trainer said: "His point-to-point experience came into play. He goes further, so that's the road we'll be going down."
Unfortunately for Mullins' followers, two short-priced favourites went down. The Alan Potts-owned newcomer Theleze could only fill third place behind 25-1 shot Rossa Parks in the mares' maiden hurdle, while the odds-on Bundle Of Fun paid the price for some earlier mistakes when unable to peg back front-running Hidden Present in the concluding 2m31/2f handicap chase.
The winner is trained in County Down by Bernard Jones and is owned by Hillsborough native Terry Dunlop, brother of Alan Dunlop, owner of this year's Irish Grand National winner Organisedconfusion.
"It would be nice if we could get this horse to Down Royal on Boxing Day," said Dunlop.