Thrills aplenty on third day of Limerick Christmas Racing Festival

Colm Kinsella

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Thrills aplenty on third day of Limerick Christmas Racing Festival

Sumos Novios and Derek O'Connor after winning the featured Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase at Limerick Racecourse on Saturday

THE increased attendances at the 2019 Mr Binman Limerick Christmas Racing Festival continued today, December 28, at Greenmount Park.

Hot on the heels of more than 14,000 patrons flocking to Greenmount Park on St Stephen's Day - traditionally the best-attended of the four days - and an impressive 11,329 racegoers on December 27, some 9,212 came through the turnstiles at the Patrickswell venue on day three of the meeting.

The December 28 attendance figure was up by more than 100 on the same day in 2018.

On the betting front, on-course bookies' recorded a turnover of €183,808, while the Tote's betting turnover reached €132,159.

On the racecourse, jockey Derek O’Connor and trainer Liam Burke teamed up to land the €50,000 Grade B Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase as Sumos Novios recorded a shock in the Limerick feature.

The winner was returned at a tasty price of 20/1.

Racing on the final day of the Festival, Family Fun Day on Sunday December 29, gets underway on the track at 12 noon. The big race will be Grade 3 Irish Independent Hurdle. The race has a value of €34,000 and was won last year of Espoir D'Allen who went on to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last March.