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Doran delivers at Limerick

Paul Nolan's faith in 7lb claimer Michael Doran paid dividends with the success of Golden Sunbird and Aura About You in the two big races at Limerick in the colours of James Mernagh.

Doran, who was unable to use his allowance in either race, rode Golden Sunbird (8-1) with utmost confidence in the Listed Kerry Group EBF Mares Novice Hurdle.

The seven-year-old and 4-6 favourite Dare To Doubt pulled clear before the turn for home, where Doran asked his mount for maximum effort, and she responded in game fashion to score by 18 lengths as Definite Class got up to snatch second spot.

The winning trainer's brother, James Nolan, said: "She's a tough mare. Michael gets a great tune out of her. He seems to have a special bond with her and she jumped so well for him in Leopardstown that we continued their partnership.

"She jumped really well and she handles the ground. Good ground is her ideal ground though, Tony McCoy said that the day he rode her in Sandown. She'll go to Fairyhouse now for the mares final."

Aura About You (6-1) upset hot favourite For Bill in the ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase.

For Bill was never travelling like an odds-on shot as Gentle Alice tried to make all the running, while Doran produced Aura About You to jump into the lead at the last.

The Nolan-trained mare ran out a smooth winner by three lengths from For Bill, with Gentle Alice a tired third.

James Nolan added: "That was a great ride from Michael. The slow pace probably didn't suit us but it wouldn't have suited For Bill either. She jumps well and she is coming into herself now in the spring and she'll go for the mares chase at Fairyhouse at Easter."

The trainer completed a treble when Davy Russell brought home 5-4 favourite Politeo a nine-length winner of the Mullins Electrical Beginners Chase in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.


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