That’s An Idea worth pursuing

IF we saw a potential star of the future in action at Killarney last night then it was surely That’s An Idea, successful in the Vintners’ Maiden Hurdle.

The Arctic Lord gelding was bought some two months ago by JP McManus and was having his first run for David Wachman.

Formerly in the care of Mags Mullins, he was already the winner of a point-to-point and two bumpers.

This was impressive, even taking the opposition into account, as he lobbed on the heels of the leaders for Mark Grant.

That’s An Idea eased into the lead shortly after four out and didn’t have to be asked any sort of question to beat Socrates by eight lengths.

Said Wachman: “We will put him away now. He’s a great galloping horse and should be very exciting.”

Francis Flood’s The Culdee justified strong favouritism with a smooth victory in the M D O’Shea and Sons Handicap ’Chase.

Partnered with typical confidence by Ruby Walsh, The Culdee was always moving sweetly on the heels of the leaders.

Walsh allowed him lead heading to two out and The Culdee soon scampered away to beat Grange Leader.

“He’s a brilliant rider,” exclaimed Flood. “We’ll keep going with The Culdee wherever we can find a race and he might even run on the flat next.”

Poachin Again was the business in the ring for the opening McSweeney Arms Hurdle, finding 7-4 from 5-2.

For most of the journey it looked money well invested, as he cantered along smoothly in second spot behind Travellers Joy.

Conor O’Dwyer eased the favourite ahead before the turn in and Poachin Again continued to flatter for most of the straight.

But he found little from before the final flight and Paul Carberry seized his chance to drive Sir Oj past in the final hundred yards.

Look Between Us, last behind Boom Economy at Clonmel previously, stepped way up on that effort to beat Larkhill Jo a head in the Irish Stallion Farms’ Beginners ’Chase.

The principals had a real set-to over the last three fences, with David Casey forcing Look Beteen Us up close home,

Commented trainer, Louis Archdeacon: “He won his maiden hurdle here and seems to like this place. I thought the race was too good for him, but David was confident. He was very disapppointing at Clonmel and we couldn’t find any reason for it.”

Frank Ennis’ Scottish Minstrel simply streaked away with the Seamus Weldon Handicap, in the hands of Bernadette Quinn.

He powered past Otavi inside the furlong pole and, despite carrying 2lbs overweight and his rider losing her whip, the winner was eight lengths to the good at the line.

It was a first for 19-year-old Quinn, while Ennis, will decide today whether Scottish Minstrel will turn out again this evening.

The Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden didn’t take much winning, but Pat Carey’s newcomer, Lisoca, did her job nicely.

Prouduced by Pat Smullen to lead inside the furlong pole, she was untroubled by the late surge of Vicky Lane.

Vivian Kennedy’s 25-1 shot, Lady Livia, rushed to the front inside the furlong pole to beat Mount Grace in the Laurels Handicap.

Richard Hughes, sidelined since April 24 after puncturing a lung in a fall at Leicester, returned to the winner’s circle on his first day back at Windsor last night.

He landed the BDL Group Median Auction Maiden Stakes on Incursion, oozing confidence on the 5-2 favourite before shaking off the attentions of Midshipman Easy to score by three lengths.

After swinging off Incursion, Hughes said: “That’s a relief. It seemed a long time to be off, but there’s nothing better for your confidence than coming back with a winner.”

Meanwhile, Kieren Fallon’s late entry to the parade ring before the last at Kempton yesterday cost him £540.

The champion jockey was fined by the stewards because he arrived to mount Ersaal in the Royalties Gold Banded Stakes after the signal to mount had been given.

It was his third such offence in the last 12 months and the stewards were not satisfied with his explanation.

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