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Four-star Mark Walsh dominates Limerick card

Getoutwhenyoucan's victory in the Christmas Racing Festival 26th-29th December Handicap Hurdle was the highlight of a Limerick four-timer for Mark Walsh.

Draycott Place set the early pace but Walsh moved the Austin Leahy-trained 6-1 chance up to press him four flights from the finish.

Once mastering Draycott Place, Getoutwhenyoucan was challenged by Fairymount Boy, who seemed to be travelling better, but Walsh's mount pulled out plenty and prevailed by half a length.

Leahy said: "Mark was good on him and he'll come back here for another two-mile race over Christmas.

"He's a lovely horse to have around the place and anybody can ride him. I'm pleased he won again and that's his seventh win."

Walsh and Leahy also teamed up to take the Annual Membership Only 120 At Limerick Racecourse Rated Novice Hurdle with Wait Here.

The 100-30 favourite moved powerfully to the lead at the penultimate obstacle, and Walsh kept him going to see off Stole The Show by five and a half lengths.

Leahy said: "It was probably a weak race and he's a nice horse. I was hopeful coming here as both horses were in good order. This horse will come back here again over Christmas."

Chris's Dream proved that his 50-1 Clonmel second was no fluke by going one better under Walsh in the Book Online At www.limerickraces.ie Maiden Hurdle.

Sent off at 7-2 this time, the Eugene O'Sullivan-trained gelding raced in second until going for home on the run to two out and although favourite Judgement Day tried to make a race of it, Chris's Dream wasn't for catching and passed the post four and three-quarter lengths to the good.

O'Sullivan said: "He was a very, very talented horse from the start and we shouldn't have ran him in the Land Rover Bumper because he was raw at that time, but the lads (the Crooked Crew Syndicate) wanted a runner at Punchestown.

"He was nearly sold after winning his point-to-point but failed the vet due to his wind, but we got his wind done and is flying ever since.

"Patrick Mullins told us in Thurles to forget about bumpers as he'd be a right good horse without being in a bumper, and is a three-mile chaser out-and-out and is a very promising horse.

"We won't be too hard on him this year but he'll run next in the Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle back here at Christmas."

Walsh's four-timer was completed by the Joseph O'Brien-trained Let's Twist Again (100-30 favourite) in the Follow Limerick Races On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

He said: "I thought I had a few chances coming today but I didn't think I'd have four winners - it's great when it all comes together.

"Joseph has done a great job with this fellow and he has improved all season and hopefully will get through another one. He went away on the ground fine but wasn't mad about it and it was a poor race today and just got away with it.

"I've had a few trebles in the past and that's my first four-timer."

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