Prideofthecastle Delights His Trainer

Fri 28th Dec 2012, 16:32

By Michael Graham
Prideofthecastle (8/1) with a pulled up beside his name provided an upset in the closing bumper at Limerick.

He had gone off favourite for a point-to-point in May at Lisronagh so was obviously highly thought off and trainer Pat Cronin confirmed this. He said: “The jockey Damien Murphy and Pearse Gallagher who rides out for me think he’s as good a horse as they have ever ridden.

“He’s a half brother to a good horse in England called According To Dick. He’s a great lepper, but will probably go for a winners’ bumper.

“He’s a very good horse and I always said I’d keep a nice horse instead of selling him.

“I won this race 10 years ago with a horse Michael Hourigan trained called Its Echoes Sister.”

The winner showed a good turn of foot in the final furlong to put this race to bed. He won by four and a quarter lengths from Marley Exit (10/3) with 10/1 shot Third Chance in third.

Our Cobajay went off the 8/11 favourite, but finished fourth.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)

Byrnes doubles up with 20/1 shot

Trainer Charles Byrnes, whose Weapons Amnesty made his comeback from a long layoff at Leopardstown today, registered a double at Limerick today when Dazzlers Day appeared to cause a 20/1 upset in the Ryans Cleaning Handicap Hurdle.