Kashnito D’Hommee lands nice little touch

THE Robert Tyner-trained Kashnito D'Hommee landed a little touch in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at Thurles yesterday.

Taken from some 6-1 to 9-2, he gave pilot, Philip Enright, a fourth winner. Enright pushed the French-bred to the front going to two out and didn't have to be overly hard on him to hold Water Side.

“He had an infection and scoped badly the last day at Naas and we left him alone for a week”, reported Tyner. “We hoped he was okay and he was working nicely.”

The four-year-old may return to Thurles next Thursday or wait for Cork on December 10.

Meanwhile Tyner has firmed up plans for his two stable stars, Footy Facts and Askthemaster, who were so impressive when scoring at Cork last time.

Said Tyner: “Footy Facts heads to Navan on Sunday (Grade Three, Bank Of Ireland Monksfield Novice Hurdle) and Davy Russell is likely to ride. Askthemaster will run in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.”

Much improved Dosco shrugged off top weight in the Templemore Handicap Chase, under a polished Conor Maxwell drive. The 19-year-old Dubliner enjoyed his first success aboard Grangeclare Lark at Cork the previous Sunday and this was a first for him over fences.

The Oscar gelding was always travelling sweetly, landed in front over two out and eased clear, without having to be asked a question, to beat Benefit Night by six lengths. Dessie Hughes indicated his charge would be kept to these type of races and Maxwell was likely to keep the ride.

Tom Taaffe's In The High Grass did his job nicely for Slippers Madden in the opening Beginners Chase.

He stayed on doggedly in the closing stages and had already taken the measure of Walkin Aisy, in second spot at the time, when that one departed at the final fence.

Owned by Dungarvan solicitor, Mary Hally, he is her first horse and the first time she has seen her colours carried to victory. “I am delighted for Mary”, remarked Taaffe. “I told Slippers to use the horse's experience and he jumped impeccably.”

Celtic Warrior, trained on the Curragh by Liam Roche, made an impressive start over jumps when taking the Cahir three-year-old Maiden Hurdle.

Considering the conditions, he set a spanking gallop for Denis O'Regan and had the majority of these in trouble a fair way from home.

Mine'sasmallone tried his case in the straight, but Celtic Warrior was resolute and beat that rival an easy four lengths.

Commented Roche: “He's had his problems and is just coming to himself. He will probably run next in a Grade Three at Fairyhouse.”

Omas Glen, runner-up behind Female at the previous meeting on the track, redeemed the promise of that effort with a nine lengths win in the Clonoulty Hurdle.

Strongly handled by Andrew Leigh, the mare found plenty for pressure to shoot clear from the final flight.

“I didn't think she would handle the ground as well as that”, said trainer, Cecil Ross. “We will try and find a little winners' race around Christmas. She jumps fences well and will go over them some day.”

Wexford handler Daragh Berry, a nephew of Padge Berry's, enjoyed a turn when Emma Jane took the INH Stallion Owners' EBF Novice Hurdle.

She was on the pace throughout and showed all the right qualities when they were most needed. Sent on before the straight by Andrew Lynch, Emma Jane repelled Tiddle About and then Nancy Wake, with market-leader, Chosen Man, a disappointing fourth.

Philip Fenton's Singh On Song led off the home turn to land the Bumper, but was all out in the closing stages to hold Corrig Caul by a neck.

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