Moore the pilot for Venitien win

Published 12/03/2016 | 00:00

Venitien De Mai and Jonathan Moore taking the last fence to win the Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase in Naas. Photograph: Patrick McCann.
Venitien De Mai and Jonathan Moore taking the last fence to win the Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase in Naas. Photograph: Patrick McCann.

Davidstown trainer Paul Nolan kept up his recent good form when Fine Theatre (8/1) swooped to conquer at Gowran Park on Saturday.

Nolan and Cleariestown hotshot rider Mikey Fogarty combined in impressive style as Fine Theatre ran away with the Coolmeen Gallops Beginners' Chase.

Always prominent under Fogarty, he eased away to beat The Winkler by seven and a half lengths in the colours of Kay Browne. Fine Theatre is a half-brother to Nolan's brilliant chaser, Joncol.

Jim Dreaper saddled a one-two in the Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas on Sunday, with Adamstown's Jonathan Moore riding Venitien De Mai to win easily from Goonyella. The winner has the BoyleSports Irish Grand National as an immediate target while the Aintree Grand National is the aim for Goonyella.

Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Limerick, Thursday, March 10 (first race 2.25 p.m.); Dundalk, Friday, March 11 (first race 6.05 p.m.); Limerick, Saturday, March 12 (first race 2.05 p.m.); Limerick, Sunday, March 13 (first race 2.05 p.m.); Navan, Sunday, March 13 (first race 2.20 p.m).

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