More success in Limerick on the racetrack

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NO stranger to the racing game, Brian Mortell notched his first success in training when Three Loud Knocks won the two-mile, seven furlongs handicap pursuit at Clonmel on Thursday.

Ridden by Darragh O’Keeffe, the 10-year-old led after the penultimate close and held off the final rally from Lacken Bridge, trained by Gordon Doyle, to win by a neckline at odds of 7/1.

Mortell commented, “I got the license in November and it’s been a dream come true. Life begins at 60, not 40! I have four point-to-point winners trained, but this is my first racetrack winner.

“I had a winner as owner with Andrew McNamara last year but this is my first and to have Darragh ride him too is just fantastic. I worked for Andrew Donkey years ago and I spent my youth with Francis Flood, another wonderful I’ve been in the restaurant business for 40 years, I’m semi-retired, doing it part-time and loving every minute.

Ballingarry jockey Billy Lee rode his ninth Winter Series winner at Dundalk as he paired Ger O’Leary trained Giuseppe Cassioli with a comfortable success in the seven furlong handicap on Friday night.

The 13/2 chance was to have his first start for the O’Leary yard and led deep into the final furlong to beat Acquiescent and Colin Keane, trained by John Murphy, 9/2 chance by half a length.

Next appointments:

Thurles – Thursday March 10 (first race 1:50 p.m.)

Dundalk – Friday March 11 (first race at 5 p.m.)

Gowran Park – Saturday March 12 (first race at 2 p.m.)

Navan – Saturday March 12 (first race 2:15 p.m.)

Limerick – Sunday March 13 (first race 1:55 p.m.)

Naas – Sunday March 13 (first race 1:45 p.m.)

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