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Depot checks in at Limerick

Frisco Depot confirmed the promise of his last run when landing the feature Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase at Limerick.

Dessie Hughes's eight-year-old, who had chased home the very smart Flemenstar last time out, was always going well under a patient ride from Bryan Cooper.

Ordinary Man faded tamely after travelling sweetly, and the front-running Your Busy was still in front going to the last, but Frisco Depot (15-8) took charge and forged clear by three and a half lengths.

Hughes said: "He had a good run last time and prefers that better ground. Bryan keeps his mounts very collected and I'm lucky to have him. He could go to Punchestown for a novice handicap next."

Wolf Hall came off the reserves' bench to land the Family Fun Day (C&G) Maiden Hurdle.

A faller between the flags and well beaten on his only start in a bumper, Charles Byrnes' five-year-old was still fancied to go well after sneaking into the race, and was sent off at 7-1.

Having raced prominently, he seized the initiative on the run to the penultimate flight and readily saw off the threat of 66-1 jumping newcomer Moby Dick by a length and a half in the hands of Davy Russell.

Byrnes said: "He needs good ground and he jumps great. He's no world-beater but we'll tip away on good ground with him. Jumping was the main thing and the point-to-point experience helped."

The trainer completed a double when Johny's Lantern (16-1) returned from a long lay-off to take the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Twitter Mares Hurdle in the hands of Rob Jones.

Byrnes said: "I thought she might just struggle against the more experienced jumpers, but she has been going nicely. She loves the good ground. I have had her since last October and she was ready to run before Christmas, but we didn't want to run her on soft ground. She's closely related to Forpadydeplasterer."

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