CROOM jockey Andrew McNamara stole the show on the third day of the Shannon Airport Limerick Christmas Racing festival when recording a double in front of an official attendance of 7,048 racegoers,
McNamara initiated his brace in the Guinness Veterans Handicap Chase when partnering 12/1 shot Character Actor to a thrilling neck success over The Book Thief.
Former Queen Mother Champion Chase winning jockey McNamara completed his double when winning the Parkway Shopping Centre Maiden Hurdle aboard Don Vincenzo. The winner, returned at odds of 10/1, proved three parts of a length too good for runner-up Stilo Blue Native.
Another Limerick jockey, Mark Enright, from Castlemahon, was also among the winners when he partnered Dromnea to a thrilling victory over favourite Upsie in the Sporting Limerick Day Beginners Chase.
The talented Enright pushed his mount clear before the last fence and went on to record a two and-a-half length success at odds of 100/30 for trainer Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris.
Askeaton trainer Davy Fitzgerald was also in the winners enclosure on the third day of the Festival when saddling the fancied Ryback Jack to win the concluding King John’s Castle INH Flat Race.
The winner, returned at odds of 8/1, proved one and a half lengths too good for runner-up Toushan.
The day three attendance of 7,048 was an increase on the 2013 attendance of 6,897.
The four-day Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival concludes today, December 29, with the first race on a seven-race card due off at 12.35pm.
The going at Greenmount Park is ‘soft to heavy’ on the chase track and ‘heavy’ on the hurdle track. Willie Mullins holds a strong hand in the feature race, the Grade 3 Cliona’s Foundation Novice Hurdle due off at 2.50pm, a race which was won by current Cheltenham Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen 12 months ago.