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Suitor breaks through at Limerick

Suitor stepped forward significantly from his jumping bow to land the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle at Limerick.

Rated in the 70s during his career as a middle-distance handicapper on the level for Brian Ellison, the son of Dutch Art was third on his NH debut at Down Royal last month.

Odds-on favourite Sympa Des Flos set sail for home a far way out and had them all on the stretch turning in, but Chris Meehan hadn't asked for maximum effort and when he did, Suitor (8-1) responded to score by nine lengths.

Trainer Gordon Elliott said: "He (Meehan) said he was flat out early and he jumped great. The further he went the better he got.

"We bought him as a dual-purpose horse and he should be a fun horse and they've (winning syndicate) had a winner now so they're delighted!"

Shauna Larkin advertised her skills in the saddle with a hard-fought victory in the Britain V Ireland (Q.R.) Challenge Handicap Hurdle.

After taking it up before two out, the 7-4 favourite looked in real danger when challenged by Ali Bin Nayef, but Larkin threw everything at him and he crossed the line with half a length in hand.

Trainer Dermot McLoughlin said: "He is consistent and will go for something similar in a few weeks' time.

"He was unlucky to be beaten a nose at Wexford the last day and seems to thrive on that ground.

"It was pot luck that we got Shauna as it was a Challenge race and it was her first time riding for us. She'll ride plenty more winners."

Larkin, riding her first winner under Rules, said: "I've also had six point-to-point winners and I'm thrilled with that, it was deadly!"

Motown Girl rounded out proceedings by justifying 6-4 favouritism with ease in the Follow Limerick Races On Twitter Mares (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race for Mags Mullins and Katie O'Farrell.

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