Successful Day For Kerry At Leopardstown & Limerick Races

On a remarkable day for Tralee’s Bryan Cooper and Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Horse Stud, Lieutenant Colonel saw off Jetson in the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle, giving Sandra Hughes her second Grade 1 success following in the footsteps of her late father Dessie in what was another poignant victory. The margin of success was closer than the Hattons Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse last month with 4-1 shot Lieutenant Colonel beating Jetson three-quarters of a length and things got pretty tight after the last. Monksland, who was having his first run since a victory in this race two years ago, ran on to take third spot. At Fishers Cross started the 7-2 favourite but it was another disappointing run from him as he came home a laboured fourth, his jumping again leaving plenty to be desired. For the winner, however, this was a nice success on his first start over three miles and could be bound for the World Hurdle for which BetVictor make the five-year-old a 10-1 chance. At Leopardstown, The 4-to-1 shot Road to Riches has claimed the feature race of the day – the Lexus Chase. The Noel Meade-trained 7-year old came home a length-and-a-half ahead of Willie Mullins’ raider, On His Own. Today’s results at Lepoardstown 12.20 – won by no.3 Identity Thief 7/4 12.50 – won by no.15 Usuel Smurfer 20/1 1.20 – won by no.4 Le Vent D’Antan 7/4 f 1.50 – won by no.Lieutenant Colonel 4/1 2.20 – won by no.4 Shemshal 4/1 f 2.55 – won by no.8, Road To Riches 4/1 3.25 – won by no.5 Up For Review 9/10 f The festive meeting continued at Limerick today. John and Pauline Twiss from Killorglin were celebrating at Limerick today as their colours were carried to victory by The Mad Well in the BRC McMahon Reinforcements Handicap Hurdle. Trained by Eugene O’Sullivan, The Mad Well was always up with the pace under Danny Mullins and stayed on strongly to beat the favourite Jumptoconclusions by four and a half lengths. He was returned at odds of 8-1. Ballynonty based trainer Edward O’Grady hasn’t the powerful stable of horses that he once had, but what he does have is a very talented animal in the shape of Kitten Rock who powered to a 14-length win in today’s feature race at Limerick – the Listed Irish Independent Hurdle. Sent off the 4-5 favourite, Kitten Rock confirmed the promise of his return win at Naas as he destroyed main market rival Max Dynamite. Kitten Rock is owned by JP McManus and was ridden to victory by Mark Walsh. Today’s returns at Limerick 12.35 – won by no.6 Vercingetorix 4/5f 1.05 – won by no.5 Dromnea 10/3 1.35 – won by no.6 Character Actor 12/1 2.05 – won by no.1 Kitten Rock 4/5 f 2.35 – won by no.9 The Mad Well 8/1 3.05 – won by no.2 Don Vincenzo 10/1 3.35 – won by no.5 Ryback Jack 8/1