By Dan Walsh
Wexford trainer Liz Doyle was in the winners’ enclosure as her charge Burlesque Queen (8/1) prevailed in the the two and a half mile Irish Daily Mail Christmas Handicap Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival today.
The six-year-old mare, in the first-time hood, won by one and a half lengths for the Crossabeg stables and was a nice winner for conditional jockey James O’Sullivan, Ballydaniel, Camolin.
Commenting afterwards Liz Doyle said; “James gave her a beautiful ride, he does get on well with her. I tried ear plugs in her and it probably annoyed her. She had a first-time hood today but her improvement is purely due to settling and having a good gallop.”
Jonathan Moore from Tomgarrow, Adamstown, enjoyed his first Group 1 success at the Christmas Leopardstown Festival. Moore was riding for his Meath-based boss, Gavin Cromwell, on Flooring Porter (11/1) in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle and after making the running for most of the race ran on well at the finish with six lengths to spare,
“All credit to Gavin and the owners. They had the courage to supplement him for this race and it’s paid off. What a horse!,・ said the delighted jockey afterwards, who added; I felt like I was always in my comfort zone out there.”
Paul Nolan saddled a winner at the Limerick Christmas Festival today. Itsnotinit (5/1 jt-fav.) was a ready winner of the D Pack Packaging Handicap Hurdle ridden by Philip Enright.
Stable representative James Nolan said; “He is a big chaser in the making and will stay over hurdles this season.”
There was a second Wexford trained winner at Limerick when Seamus Neville, Brideswell, Bridgetown, won the CUBE Handicap Hurdle at Limerick with Notice To Close (5/4 fav.) in the colours of his wife, Ina, for a festival victory.