Nodes Pride recaptured the form that saw him run up the Trial Stake in North Kilkenny last season to claim the Gilligan McMahon Cup in Killimer – Kilrush today for Noreen Liddy. A son of Adios Alonso and Skellig Babe, he got the better of Fishermans Razor to claim a maiden victory at the Clare meeting.
Coshair Orla, the Reserve Trial Stake winner in Rathdowney last season claimed the All Age Bitch Stake, getting the better of Isshenamedyet. A daughter of Adios Alonso and Coshair Laois she showed her class to get off the mark for the season.
There was also success for the Cooney’s from Nenagh in the Oaks Trial Stake as Well Friend, a daughter of March Is On and Joint Account had too much for Breezeawaykylie in the decider. She had one previous outing, withdrawn in from the second round of a duffer in Nenagh.
Ian Marmion’s Lodge Hill won the Reserve Derby Trial Stake with a half brother of last season’s Derby runner up Furey Mills. He was beaten in the opening round in Milltown-Malbay on his only previous outing. He is a son of Thomas The Tank and Stop That Ger.
Gilligan McMahon Cup
Nodes Pride (Adios Alonso x Skellig Babe) beat Fishermans Razor
All Age Bitch Stake
Coshair Orla (Adios Alonso x Coshair Laois) beat Isshenamedyet
Oaks Trial Stake
Well Friend (March Is On x Joint Account) beat Breezeawaykylie (Kyle Leigh x Fortfield Breeze)
Reserve Derby Trial Stake
Lodge Hill (Thomas The Tank x Stop That Ger) beat Ballyroad Boy (Thomas The Tank x Dusty Track)