Caoimhe's Delight: won first Graded race of her career at LimerickPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
wins Grade 2 thriller
Report: Limerick, Sunday
I.N.H Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase (Grade 2) 2m6f, 5yo+
THE consistent Caoimhe's Delight gained a deserved success for Sean O'Brien and Davy Condon in a dramatic finale as the Lucy Wadham-trained Baby Shine crashed out when leading at the last.
All the action unfolded in the final portion of the race, with Leighton Aspell on Baby Shine attempting to kick clear at three out, but finding Backinthere a tough customer who refused to buckle, and battled back to lead.
Favourite Byerley Babe was in pursuit, but a prodigious leap two out by Baby Shine saw her take a couple of lengths out of her rivals. In behind Byerley Babe quickly could not go on, with Caoimhe's Delight and Civena the pursuers.
But the chance of a three-way grandstand finish and a valuable pot for Wadham disappeared at the last when Baby Shine took a heavy fall, though both horse and jockey were quickly up.
This left 5-1 chance Caoimhe's Delight to hold 14-1 shot Civena by a length and three quarters, with Backinthere claiming third at 12-1.
It was a first Graded winner for trainer O'Brien, who said: " I wasn't going to come here because she wasn't 100 per cent after her run at Thurles but in the last four or five days that she showed me a little bit.
"You have to take these races when they come along. We looked in trouble going across the top but they had gone an unbelievable gallop and in the end she just picked up and galloped on. I think on good ground she'll get a trip but not on bad ground. I think there's a nice handicap in her down the line."
Also on Sunday
Kerry Group European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m, 4yo+
KATIE T continued her upward curve when coming with a strong late surge to beat odds-on favourite Urticaire.
The Kevin Prendergast-trained five-year-old gained a maiden hurdle victory last month, and stepped up to Graded company fluently under Adrian Heskin.
The Willie Mullins-trained Urticaire had swept round the field and taken up the running before the last, but Paddy Mangan was powerless to stave off the 13-2 shot who won by half a length.
Winning jockey Heskin said: "She's a good filly. The race wasn't run to suit her but she caught them for speed over the last two. She's a very nippy filly and good ground will suit her."