“Life goes on”, remarked Hughes sadly in the winner’s enclosure. Tipp Top, owned by well known surgeon, Fred Kenny, a man who has often put jockeys back together again, and partnered by Roger Loughran, powered ahead over the second last to score unextended by 12 lengths.
The winner would almost certainly have had more to do, however, had the front running Fieldsofclover, still going well at the time, not departed the scene three out.
The Brian Nolan trained Ilios produced a spirited display of front running to take the Anglo Irish Bank Handicap. He repelled each challenge as it arose, finding plenty for Jerry O’Dwyer's pressure to hold Nutwood. It was O’Dwyer’s seventh success of the campaign.
Said Nolan: “He will run either at Tipperary on Thursday or wait for Fairyhouse. He often boils over in the ring, but was good today.”
Conor O’Dwyer rode his first winner for Paul Nolan when persuading the blinkered Home Force to put his best foot forward in the Kiely Gaule Financial Services Handicap Hurdle.
Home Force and Lisa Baker had it between them from a fair way out, after Lisa Baker led shortly after the fourth last.
There wasn’t much to separate them at the final flight, but the battle was always going in favour of O’Dwyer’s charge on the level.
Honky Tonk Woman was all the rage in the market for the Snowcream Fresh Milk Claiming Race, finding 6-4 from 5-2.
She tried to make all and they looked tactics destined to succeed for much of the journey.
But she found nothing off the home turn and Robbie Burke wasted no time driving Jerez clear to beat Dilly Stars.
The Sean Treacy trained Midnight Glimmer was another failed gamble in the Noel Cummins SP Bookmaker Maiden.
Taken from a little 3’s to 13-8 favourite, she was never going particularly well, although getting to the front in the dip.
Her time in the lead was shortlived, however, and Dermot Weld’s Le Leopard, ridden by Declan McDonogh, soon swept past to score going away by six lengths as Business Acumen stayed on for the runner-up berth.
Pat Fahy’s Run Of The Country redeemed the promise of his second to Be On Time at the venue on Friday night when taking the Sonny Power Memorial Handicap Chase.
He found the weak opposition here to his liking and had the look of a winner a fair way out.
Tommy Treacy sent him ahead before the second last and the final surge of Mail Man was never a worry.
“He’s had two quick races now, but if alright will head for Tralee”, reported Fahy.
The hitherto very disappointing Galtee View finally put it all together when landing the Bumper.
This moderate opposition was clearly acceptable, as he stayed on doggedly for Alan Crowe to beat Tou Charming a hard earned length. The five-year-old is trained by Christy Roche for his wife, Noeleen.