Noel Meade bagged a second Grade One inside the space of 24 hours as Hollo Ladies followed up Go Native’s Kempton success in the Paddypowerpoker.com Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Go Native had taken second behind Hurricane Fly in the corresponding event 12 months earlier and his St Stephen's Day heroics on the other side of the Irish Sea proves the race deserves its title.
Hollo Ladies only had a maiden win eight days earlier to his name but the loftier company brought about an improved performance and Davy Condon’s mount earned a hard-fought neck success over Saludos.
Sweeps Hill and 11-8 favourite Some Present proved huge disappointments and brought up the rear of the eight-runner field.
Meade said of his shock 25-1 winner: “I bet you all thought I was mad running him, but I knew he was tough and that if it came down to a dog fight then he would keep finding and finding.
“He doesn’t do a stroke at home but I thought that if they went a good gallop and it came down to a fight then he might just tough it out.
“He’s had a hard race and run twice quite quickly so I may wait now and bring him back for the Deloitte and Touche in February.”
Totesport introduced Hollo Ladies into the Supreme Novices’ betting at 25-1.
Golden Silver landed the Irish Arkle at the Foxrock venue in April and returned to Grade One-winning form as he claimed Tranquil Sea’s scalp in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase.
Paul Townend’s mount resumed on an upward curve at Cork earlier in the month and the 5-2 chance, carrying the colours of Archie O’Leary’s Florida Pearl, took another step forward with his near four-length triumph.
Golden Silver was given a 25-1 quote by Boylesports for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and trainer Willie Mullins said: “I was worried about sending him to Cheltenham on good ground and he disappointed there last year, but I will have to re-evaluate that after this.
“I have said all season that I thought this fellow was a mudlark and that I was going to campaign on at home on soft ground.
“Paul said that he travelled better on that ground to my surprise and he is improving, I think.
“He will certainly have an entry in the Champion Chase and we will look at the Normans Grove for him next.”
Martin Lynch’s meticulous plotting came to fruition for Oscar Time as Robbie Power produced the easy-travelling 10-1 chance with clockwork precision over the final fence to land the valuable Paddy Power Chase.
Lynch said: “This has been the plan since last year and today was the day.
“He had a bad fall at the end of last season so we started him out over hurdles to get his confidence back but it then became the plan to set him up for a nice handicap chase, which this certainly is.
“I am surprised how well he did it but I guess the weather may have helped as I couldn’t over-train him!”
Prince Of Fire set the track alight to earn high praise from trainer Charlie Swan after making all in the paddypowertrader.com Maiden Hurdle.
The 100-30 chance brought solid form to the table having finished in arrears of Sweeps Hill and Some Present on his sole outing over timber, and that proved good enough to deny 5-4 favourite Grey Soldier by four lengths.
Swan said: “He will be the best horse I have ever trained in time.
“He is a real jumper and has loads of gears.”
Point-to-point winner On His Own crossed the line as his name suggested he would with Oliver McKiernan’s 3-1 chance three-quarters of a length superior to Mullins’ 11-10 favourite Some Target in the paddypowermobile.com Bumper Flat Race.
McKiernan said: “He won his point-to-point easily and I do have a liking for him – he will be a real chaser in time.
“That’s it in bumpers now and he’ll have a year over hurdles but I can’t wait to send him over a fence.”
Sword Fish (3-1) and Tony McCoy benefited from a heart-stopping renewal of the paddypowerbingo.com 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle to come four lengths clear, while Bobsthewizard (5-1) had the magic touch in the paddypower.com Handicap Hurdle.