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Chatham House Rule regained the winning thread in the Happy Mothers Day Hurdle at Limerick.

In a performance reminiscent of the one that saw him beat subsequent Grade One winner Petite Parisienne at Punchestown two starts back, Gordon Elliott's grey established a clear early lead over his opponents.

The pack closed up approaching the home turn but Davy Condon had kept plenty of petrol in the tank on board the 9-10 favourite and although Tarabiyn tried to threaten, he could never get close enough to throw down a serious challenge and was two and a quarter lengths adrift at the line.

Condon said: "He wants better ground and I'd say he'll run on the Flat over the summer. He jumped well and the better the ground the better he'll be. The ground is tacky out there, and he'd not be in love with it.

"He jumped great and gave me a good ride the whole way round. He won without me having to get serious with him. Gordon is able to find these races for his horses. He'll be a good horse for the summer."

The Mad Well showed good determination to claim the spoils in the Book Online At Handicap Hurdle.

The 3-1 chance was joined in the lead by Tiger Bay Lady at the penultimate flight, but stuck his neck out to prevail by five and a half lengths, going away.

On paper, the Charleville Cheese Beginners Chase appeared a match between 5-4 joint-favourites Draycott Place and Lord Adare and that is how it proved as they approached the second-last travelling well and with half a length separating them.

Draycott Place jumped the final couple of obstacles better, though, and Ryan Treacy drove him out for a three-length success.

Moss Grove capitalised on a final-fence blunder by Its The Ice I Like (10-1) to take the Best Of Luck To Kilmallock GAA In The All Ireland Club Final Handicap Chase, while the Kevin Frost Memorial (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race went the way of the 9-10 market leader Ice Cold Soul.


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