Ruby drives Oodachee home

CHARLIE SWAN'S Oodachee got a classic Ruby Walsh drive to win the Seamus Weldon Beginners 'Chase at Killarney last night.

The Marju gelding has plenty talent, but isn't always disposed to using it to best effect and previously at Fairyhouse over hurdles simply refused to go through with his effort for David Casey.

Walsh rode him with lots of patience and though Oodachee was clearly going better than both Mac Three and The Fingersmith heading to the last, he sat as quiet as a mouse.

He still waited at the back of the fence and it was half way up the run in before Walsh finally made his move.

The winner hit the front, but then did little once getting there and had to be hard driven all the way to the line to beat Mac Three a length and a half.

“That was a fair race for down here”, remarked Swan. “He is a horse with loads of ability and may turn out again in a Grade Three at Limerick on Sunday.”

Henry de Bromhead's Gabrona made a successful debut over jumps with a gutsy display in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Barry Geraghty committed her four from home, but the game appeared up when she was headed at the second last by Keys Pride.

Gabrona battled back in terrific style, however, to sweep into the lead again on the run in.

“I was worried she might be a little novicey, but Barry gave her a brilliant ride”, said de Bromhead. “She definitely wants cut and won't be running through the summer.”

Willie Supple has made a favourable impression since returning to ride in this country and he was seen to advantage aboard Miss Mason in the Cahernane House Hotel Handicap.

Trained by former jump jockey Kevin O’Brien, Miss Mason came through late to grab Phoenix Factor and Dersean. “She is at Downpatrick on Saturday, so we will see how she is”, commented O’Brien.

Supple, suspended for one day for using his whip improperly on Miss Mason, completed a 98-1 double on Summer Maagic, which got into the opening division of the M D O'Shea and Sons Handicap as first reserve.

The daughter of Desert Sun eased ahead a furlong and a half out and quickly scampered away from Rince Donn.

“She is well handicapped now and is 23lbs lower than two years ago”, reported in-form trainer, Tim Doyle.

“She ran poorly last season and is only now coming to herself. She has been covered by Chineur and, if okay, will run again at Limerick on Saturday.”

Austin Leahy's Walk In My Shadow produced a game effort to take the second division of the same contest.

Given a very strong drive by Wayne Lordan, she forged into the lead over a furlong down and answered every call from her pilot to hold Cove Mountain.

“She gets in at Limerick on Saturday and that's the plan”, reported Leahy.

Bookmakers got a screamer of a result in the Sean Clifford Housing Developments Handicap 'Chase with victory going to Eugene O'Sullivan's 25-1 shot Teo Perugo, who paid almost 47-1 on the tote.

Capably handled by the talented William McCarthy, Teo Perugo was in front long before the straight to beat The Penitent Man by 11 lengths.

“He was off for twelve months with a leg problem, but is a grand little horse and we will keep tipping away with him for the summer”, said O'Sullivan.

John Brassil's Glacial Demeanour was, arguably, the gamble of the week, finding 9-4 favouritism from 6-1.

The seven-year-old travelled well through the race and went second before the third last.

But he was soon beaten, struggling home in fifth.

Tom Taaffe's Emotional Article streaked to the front over two furlongs out to take the Killarney Racegoers' Club Race by six lengths.

“All those falls he had over hurdles rattled him, he is just coming to himself”, said Taaffe. “He stays on the go, there are plenty of these handicaps around.”

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