Impressive debut by Far From Trouble

FAR FROM TROUBLE, a full brother to top-class hurdler Bannow Bay, proved the star of the show at Fairyhouse last night when making a successful debut for owner JP McManus and trainer Christy Roche in the Bumper.

Although a drifter in the market, the five-year-old displayed plenty of potential as he stormed clear in the final furlong to win convincingly in the hands of Roche’s son Padraig.

And the winning trainer was enthusiastic about Far From Trouble’s future: “He jumps great and stays well and is a real athlete. I was a bit worried about the ground but I wanted to get a run into him before giving him a break and we couldn’t get him right all winter.”

Far From Trouble beat the favourite Moynalveylad by three lengths in what looked a competitive affair.

Former champion jockeys Ruby Walsh and Paul Carberry shared the riding honours, each recording a double.

Carberry partnered odds-on favourite Always to a smooth success in the opening Beginners Chase, comfortably outpointing Atlantic Rhapsody.

Noel Meade, trainer of the winner, said: “He has jumped brilliantly since we started schooling him at home. It’s as if jumping fences has given him a new lease of life. I’ve always thought he was a better horse than he has shown on the track.”

Meade intends campaigning Always through the summer with Galway part of his plans.

Later, Carberry completed his double on the Michael Hourigan-trained favourite Victorian Lady which held on grimly for a narrow win in the Three Mile Handicap Hurdle. This was the mare’s second success of the season, having already won a Hunters Chase at Tramore and she will now be rested until the Autumn.

Trainer Willie Mullins, currently holidaying in the Maldives, provided Ruby Walsh with his double, thanks to One Night Out and Red Or White.

One Night Out justified odds-on favouritism when gaining an overdue Novice Chase success, surviving mistakes at the last two fences.

And it took all of Walsh’s persuasive powers to get Red Or White home a length winner of the Handicap Hurdle, gaining compensation for some near misses in recent months.

Another victorious market-leader was the Dessie Hughes-trained O’Driscoll, owned by Cathal Ryan, which blundered at the final flight before holding the late challenge of Louisville by the narrowest margin.

Ioritz Mendizabal limbered up for his ride on John Gosden’s Nyramba in the French 1000 Guineas at the weekend with a cool performance to win the Prix de Guiche on Mister Sacha at Longchamp yetserday.

Mendizabal coolly slotted the unbeaten even-money favourite through a gap a furlong out to snatch the Group Three prize in a matter of strides for the ideal confidence-booster ahead of Sunday’s Classic.

Mister Sacha’s trainer Jean-Claude Rouget followed up his Prix de Guiche success by taking the afternoon’s feature race, the Group Two Prix Hocquart, with Lord Du Sud.

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