John Ryan landed a double as Grange Walk took the opening beginners’ chase and Fairyhill Run won the first of the two-mile six-furlong handicap chase at Limerick on Saturday.
It was pretty straightforward for both horses with 6/1 chance Grange Walk kicking clear before the final fence under Danny Mullins to win by three and a quarter lengths from the Henry de Bromhead-trained 3/1 joint-favourite Eagle Moon.
Fourteen lengths was the winning margin as Fairyhill Run and Bryan Cooper justified 85/40 favouritism in the later race, they made all the running in the colours of owner Thomas Meagher to win easily from the Paul Nolan-trained Our Friend.
In the Robcour colours, Rachael Blackmore also had an easy time as she won the novice chase on the Henry de Bromhead-trained Gin On Lime. A 1/4 favourite, the five-year-old made all the running for a facile 12-length success over the Joseph O’Brien-trained Star Max.
Blackmore had to work a little harder as she completed a double for de Bromhead and his owners on Tune The Chello in the mares’ beginners’ chase. The 11/10 favourite had to battle and had a length to spare over the Shane Crawley-trained Reine Fee at the line.