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Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Lovely Reaction off the mark in handicap company

Lovely Reaction, left, catches PidoyneLovely Reaction, left, catches Pidoyne
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Lovely Reaction came home strongly to life division one of the Support Patrickswell GAA Opportunity Handicap Hurdle in Limerick. Pidoyne went for home before two out and did little wrong as she jumped the last well.

Lovely Reaction was far from done with, though, and closed at the last before running Pidoyne down to win by a length at 5/1 under Aidan Kelly from the 12/1 runner-up who attracted plenty of support from her morning price. Little Token completed the placings in third at 6/1.

This was Lovely Reaction's handicap debut and trainer Tom Mullins said: "It definitely wasn't a great race and they went a big gallop and she stayed on better than the rest of them. Her dam was a good mare for David O'Brien over a trip and this mare wants a trip too. I might stretch her out in trip and she'll go for something similar next.

"I didn't think she'd get into today's race, but in these 0-95 handicaps you stick them and hope to get in maybe the next day. But we got in first bat so we said we'd run.

"She is a nice mare and hopefully she goes on."

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes