Paul Cashman appears to have an outstanding prospect on his hands in the form of Hills Of Dubai who made a made a stunning winning debut in the opening four-year-old maiden at yesterday’s well-attended Tallow point-to-point fixture.
A flat bred son of Dubai Destination that stands all of 17hh, Hills Of Dubai (6/1) made all the running giving an exhibition of fencing in the process.
Whilst challenged by runner-up Vicangelome from after the second last of the 15 obstacles, the eventual winner was in command when Robert Tyner’s charge stumbled at the back of the final fence with three lengths duly separating the pair. In what seemed a most competitive race, there was a seven-length break to the Colin Bowe-trained favourite Our Kaempfer in third spot.
“This is a grand sweet horse that I bought as a two-year-old at Goffs,” said Cashman of his mother Catherine’s Hills Of Dubai. “He has improved away the whole time and he’s a big, long-striding horse that we will probably send to a sale come March time.”
Hills Of Dubai’s rider Larry Murphy went on to complete a double aboard Paul Tobin’s Kilbree Chief (5/1) in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. In a vintage 18-runner contest that admittedly saw three horses departing at the first fence, Slighamach took the field along until Haughtons Bridge went to the front before two out. The Dr Massini-sired Kilbree Chief, who was well off the pace with a circuit still to race, took up the running after this penultimate obstacle and he asserted inside the final 50 yards to contain John Halley’s promising first-timer Mysteree by a length.
Mikey O’Connor however was the leading rider for he partnered three winners and the Liscarroll amateur will have been buoyed by his success aboard Our Knight (2/1 – 13/8) in the closing six-year-old geldings’ maiden for he also both owns and trains the winning son of Hasten To Add. Our Knight, who looked well-above average when finishing second to Cowards Close on his sole start at Dromahane last season, made every post a winning one. The sweet-jumping Our Knight, in whom breeder Donal Fennessy and TV racing pundit Dave Duggan also hold an interest, was clearly possessing all the aces from two out and he then had little difficulty in repelling Eamonn Fehily’s Moss Grove by three lengths.
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