Golden Kite Soars to Victory In National

Golden Kite made all the running under an impressive ride by Shane Hassett, coming out on top in the photo finish ending to score a victory in the Munster National Handicap Chase at Limerick.

Limerick Racecourse

Limerick Racecourse

The Adrian Maguire trained charge managed to hold off the strong challenge of fast finishing Fisher Bridge by just a short head in a photo finish.

It was a gutsy front running display by Golden Kite, whose jumping quality was showcased during the event, giving the duo of trainer Adrian Maguire and jockey Shane Hassett the largest victories of both their careers.

A disappointing display of jumping from Dancing Tornado, with Tony McCoy aboard, had the race favourite only managing a tenth place finish.

Adrian Maguire said after the race, "The horse would burst his heart for you. He loves good, fast ground like he had today and Shane has given him an outstanding ride. The horse jumped super and while there is no immediate plans he could be an Irish National horse in the spring."

Golden Kite Soars at Kilbeggan

An eventful renewal of the Gigginstown House Midlands National Handicap Chase at Kilbeggan saw Golden Kite hanging on for victory.



One of three horses battling it out approaching the last when Classic Frontier's departure of pushed him to the lead.

Trained by Adrian Magire, the eight year old pushed himself to the limit for under Brian O'Connell, as held off the challenging Decoy Daddy to get past the post a length and a half in front.

Away We Go went away at the first, while the front-runner Mr Bishop, still going well for Andrew Lynch, faded off three out.

Maguire, whose charge placed second on his previous show at Listowel, said, "Brian gave him a great ride.

"This horse has been a great servant from day one, he's an easy horse to train. It's a great success.

"Things have been quiet during the summer and it's nice to get a big one. He has an entry in the Galway Plate, but today was the day and we'll see how he comes out of this."