THE JP McManus-owned Spider Web claimed the coveted €100,000 JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap at Limerick Racecourse yesterday.
A 12/1 shot Spider Web, denied Na Trachtalai Abu in the final strides to land the Grade A contest for jockey Luke Dempsey, recording the biggest success of his career and winning trainer Thomas Mullins. Favourite Black Scorpion, trained by Rathkeale handler Eric McNamara, finished third.
McNamara had better luck in the opener, the €34,000 Listed Dunraven Hotel Adare Novice Hurdle, when 25/1 shot Percy Veer ran out a three length winner. Percy Veer was ridden by Davy Russell.
Afterwards winning Limerick trainer McNamara said: “It was definitely a career best for the horse and he is improving and stays really well. He probably outstayed them today and is a horse to look forward to.”
Not to be outdone, another Limerick trainer, Patrickswell handler Michael Hourigan was also in the winners enclosure on a beautiful autumn day for National Hunt racing.
Hourigan saddled 9/2 shot The Gatechecker, also carrying the colours of Munster National winner McManus, to win the David Fitzgerald Memorial Handicap Hurdle.
Sunday’s card also saw 12-time champion jockey Ruby Walsh make his comeback from injury after being sidelined since August.