Rossdara gets Cooper off the mark

“THERE was great pleasure in that”, remarked Tom Cooper, after he watched his son, Bryan, guide the trainer’s Rossdara to success in the Cahir Mares Maiden hurdle at Clonmel yesterday.

It was a first win for the 17-year-old, who is attached to Kevin Prendergast, but moves to Dessie Hughes next Monday.

This was a good performance by the daughter of Flemensfirth, who was making her debut over flights and hadn’t been seen since landing a bumper at Cork in April.

Rossdara coasted to the front before the home turn and, despite a tendency to hang left in the straight, ran clear of Prairie Call to score by an easy four lengths.

Commented Cooper senior: “As the season goes on there are lots of nice mares races and I would love to get some black type for her.”

Dessie Hughes’ Vic Venturi was easy enough to back in the Wilderness Chase, but got the job done with the minimum of fuss.

He made all the running, under Paddy Flood, shaking off the attentions of the flattering Rathmore Castle from the second last.

“All our horses are needing a run and I thought he might blow up”, reported Hughes. “He will will go for the Becher (Aintree) Chase now and is old enough to jump those fences.”

Robert Tyner’s Ransom made a fine start over fences when making most of the running, for Philip Enright, in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.

He jumped superbly and then had a bit of luck on his side when the challenging By The Brook got it wrong at the final fence.

“He looked a serious horse when winning a point-to-point at Tallow as a five-year-old”, reported Tyner.

“But he severed a tendon as a six-year-old and should really have been put down. We will take it as it comes and see how his leg is in the morning.”

Brian Crowley rode his first winner in Ireland, since returning to his native country, when driving the Rodger Sweeney-trained Fiery Oscar clear from the last to beat The Dew At Night in the Powerstown Desmene Handicap Hurdle.

Crowley, who spent nine years in England, is probably best known for riding Venetia Williams’ Jocks Cross to win the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in 2000.

Said Sweeney of his charge: “That was badly needed, but I wouldn’t be jumping backwards, he’s no Dunguib!”

Tom Mullins’ Oscar Carrara justified favouritism with a smooth display in the www.grahamnorris.com Bumper.

Pushed into the lead under two furlongs down by Patrick Mullins, the winner eased clear to easily beat Gortnagros by two and a half lengths.

Said Mullins: “He’s a very nice horse and will now go over hurdles before Christmas and run in a better hurdle race at Christmas.”

Wexfordman, but Wicklow-based, Lorcan Donnelly, was on the mark when 20-1 shot West Ship Master (paid nearly 30-1 on the Tote) took the Fethard Handicap Hurdle.

Powered ahead early in the straight by Andrew Latta, West Ship Master found plenty for pressure to beat Danny’s Vic. It was a fourth winner for 19-year-old Latta.

You’d be surprised if the Cashel Maiden Hurdle throws up too many future winners, considering the first four flashed across the line with little or nothing between them.

Shay Barry got a dream run up the far rail to drive Mojito Royale to a short head defeat of Goban Saor, with Sox’s Girl and Kakagh right on top of the pair.

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