Oola jockey Cathal Landers, who won the Novice Chase at Galway on Friday night, pictured winning a maiden hurdle in Cork aboard Rip Rocks Paddy Ok in July 2019 Picture: Patrick McCann/Racing Post
LIMERICK jockey Cathal Landers scored a memorable Galway Summer Racing Festival win when partnerning Convara to victory in the €12,500 Guinness Beginners Steeplechase on Friday evening at Ballybrit.
Oola jockey Landers was seen to good effect as he brought the well-backed six-year-old home a length and a quarter in front of runner-up Star Max in the two and a quarter mile contest.
Convara, who was backed in to 11/4 before the off, is trained by Andrew Slattery.
Cathal Landers began his career as an apprentice on the Flat, but his first winner came over hurdles on the James Nash-trained Star Of Aragon in the Galway City Publicans Handicap Hurdle at the Galway Festival nine years ago.
Landers enjoyed big race success when landing the Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase on De Benno for trainer James Grace at Limerick's Christmas Racing Festival in 2017.
He completed the first double of his career on the same day at Greenmount Park when winning a handicap hurdle on Allez Kal for trainer Jimmy Barcoe.