Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Maureen's Star gets up late for McNamara

Mon 29th Jun 2020, 20:34

Conor McNamara
© Photo Healy Racing
Maureen’s Star finished strongly under Conor McNamara to get up close home in the 0-102 rated handicap chase.

Thisonesforollie looked a likely winner when jumping the last in front and seemingly going strongly, but Davy Russell’s mount couldn’t fend off the late thrust of the winner (13/2, but supported at bigger prices before racing).

Having a first start since last October, the winner had one previous win to her name having won a three mile hurdle in Perth a couple of years ago.

Winning trainer Liam Lennon remarked afterwards: “We didn't expect that to be quite honest but she had shown snippets of form.

“We could keep her chasing now or she could even go for a hurdle around Downpatrick in a fortnight's time.

“I'm pleased for the owner as he stuck with her. She's not in that long and will improve.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

THE IRISH TIMES