Conditional jockey Conor Orr enjoyed a red-letter day at Limerick after booting home a treble.
The 7lb claimer got the afternoon off to the best possible start when steering James Dullea’s 33-1 shot Rocky’s Silver to a shock victory in the opening Book Online At www.limerickraces.ie Maiden Hurdle.
The five-year-old was prominent throughout and pulled three and a half lengths clear of Lill Smith on the run-in.
Dullea said: “I am surprised – I thought he might run reasonably well, but I wasn’t expecting that.
“He is a nice horse and we thought he was going to be a chaser. Conor gave him an exceptional ride – I had been riding him wrong in point-to-points and I thought he was better with horses coming at him, but he was a lot happier today passing horses and grew in confidence.
“I had it in my mind to go back chasing, but we’ll see what handicap hurdle mark he gets now.”
Dullea and Orr doubled up in the Fexco Asset Finance Handicap Hurdle as Just Get Cracking (7-1) finished strongly to get up and beat Antimatter by three-quarters of a length.
“He is one of our stable stars and I was expecting him to run well,” said Dullea.
“He’s not the easiest horse to train and gets plenty of niggly problems, but today was worth the wait.
“He has run some serious races at Naas and Leopardstown and hopefully there is a big pot in him down the line.
“A big ‘well done’ to all the lads in the yard as a double doesn’t come around too often.”
Orr completed his hat-trick aboard the Augustine Leahy-trained 10-1 shot Killacolla in the Annual Membership Only 120 At Limerick Racecourse Rated Novice Hurdle.
Aforementioned readily obliged for favourite-backers in the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.
Joseph O’Brien’s inmate was a 6-5 market leader under Evan Daly and accounted for Free Ranger by five and a half lengths.
Daly said of the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding: “He did it well and was entitled to do that on his first run over hurdles at Navan last season, when he finished third in a decent maiden hurdle.
“He should come on plenty, as he is a still a raw horse.”
O’Brien and Gigginstown completed a double with Scarlet And Dove (4-1) in the mares’ bumper, with Laura Hourigan the winning rider.
Henry de Bromhead and leading amateur Barry O’Neill combined to win the Mr Binman Christmas Racing Festival 26th-29th December (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle with 7-2 chance Plan Of Attack.
Therellalwaysbeone was an 8-1 winner of the Follow Limerick Races On Facebook Opportunity Handicap Hurdle for trainer Tom Foley and jockey Cathal Landers.