When they emerged from the gloom, the winner held a prominent position, cruising ahead between the final two fences to beat Guilt.
“I’ll fiddle around with her in mares novice races”, said trainer, Michael Hourigan. “She is lowly rated on the flat and the plan is give her a run on the all-weather some time.”
Aye Aye Popeye went off the well-backed favourite. He was nearer last than first going out for the final time and though he had improved appreciably when they emerged, he was still out of contention.
Rider, Tommy Treacy, later reported that the market leader couldn’t handle the testing conditions. Both Conor O’Dwyer and Davy Russell took falls in this contest and were stood down for the rest of the day.
Carberry completed a double on the heavily supported Rolling Home in the Holy Cross three-year-old Hurdle.
Runner-up behind the smart Helensburgh at Punchestown, the blinkered winner found this a much easier task, after being backed from 4-5 to 8-13.
Jumping beautifully, Noel Meade’s inmate made every yard of the running, proving far too good for his rivals from the second last.
“Paul thought he was a bit of a monkey the last day and that’s why we stuck blinkers on him”, reported Meade.
“I didn’t know he was going to make the running, but Paul makes his own plans. I don’t know where he will go next, but is hardly good enough for Leopardstown at Christmas.”
News on Meade’s Mark The Man, who missed the Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday, is that he is fine, but unlikely to be seen before Leopardstown at Christmas.
Carberry appeared to have real prospects of landing a treble on Hedgehunter in the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle, but went under to 50-1 shot, almost 66-1 on the Tote, Dalvento.
John Murphy’s six-year-old edged ahead after three out and had little trouble holding Hedgehunter, who rallied after losing his place heading to the home turn. It was a fourth winner for 24-year-old rider, Billy Callaghan
Mouse Morris’ charges continue in good shape and he was on the mark when Baily Mist took the Glen Chase.
Adrian Lane took her to the front four out and Baily Mist galloped on strongly to repel Well Presented.
Said Morris: “She was badly in at the weights, but is a hard horse to place. I haven’t a clue where she will go next, but she is in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown.”
The Galway Man parted company with Paul Carberry seven out when in front, while Glacial Moss was with the eventual winner when falling four from home.
The talented Tom Ryan gave top weight Captain Moonlight a smashing drive to take the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.
The eight-year-old, trained by Thomond O’Mara, made every yard of the running to give him a third success on this track.
“He might go to Navan next for a two and a half mile race and, failing that, it will be Limerick at Christmas.”
Culrua Mist, taken at 20-1 in the morning and far from ignored on the track as well, delivered in the Munster Handicap Hurdle.
She stayed on well in the closing stages to credit rider, Eoin Kelly (19) from Athy, Co Kildare, with his first winner.
“Eoin is a good lad, works hard and deserves his chance”, commented trainer, Dusty Sheehy. “We had a few quid on, you have to get the Christmas box some way!”
Pat Fahy’s Jakers, who has dispapointed more often than not, put it all together for Barry Geraghty in the Cahir Maiden Hurdle.
Geraghty powered him into the lead at the penultimate flight to beat Ardyne Bridge a cosy three lengths.
“Barry made up his mind”, said Fahy.
“He looks like a chaser in the making, but I’m going to keep him hurdling.”