Monty Blue (4/1-7/2) was the Laharn Cross operator’s second winner in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. Patiently ridden by Colman Sweeney, the triumphant newcomer only commenced his move from the third last of the 13 obstacles. Monty Blue, an Overbury-sired gelding out of a half-sister to Denman, effortlessly took up the running after the penultimate obstacle to account for De Pedlar by six lengths.
Monty Blue, a €22,000 graduate of the 2005 Goffs Land Rover sale, carries the colours of Mallow owner William Crowley.
Said Maguire: “This is a right tough horse with a nice attitude and it’s possible that he may now be sold.”
Sweeney also rode Maguire’s initial winner El Jardinero (7/4) in the two and a half mile four-year-old maiden. Yet another debutant, El Jardinero gave an exhibition of fencing in front and this mid-July foal, who hails from the same family as Bregawn, had sufficient reserves left to fend off the attentions of Oscar Delta by three lengths. El Jardinero - Spanish for ‘The Gardener’ - represents a nine-member syndicate headed by Ann O’Keeffe from Mallow.
Maguire’s hat-trick, his initial such three-timer as a trainer, was completed by his wife Sabrina’s ‘fun horse’ Killultagh Thunder (7/4) in the six-runner open.
Killultagh Thunder had to be rousted along by the capable John Ryan with three fences remaining, but the former triple park winner went clear on the ascent to the last to repel Citizen Shan by seven lengths.
Argalen amateur Stevie O’Donoghue (19) was witnessed to excellent effect aboard owner/trainer Bob Murphy’s Julies Vic (4/1) in the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden.
O’Donoghue sent Julies Vic through to lead on the inner after two out and the triumphant six-year-old, a full sister to the recent Limerick bumper winner Cailin Vic Mo Chroi, streaked clear to eclipse favourite Five O Venture by 15 lengths.
The clearly-useful Julies Vic could now contest the coveted Gain Mares Final at Ballynoe on April 1st.
The Denis Leahy-trained Desertmore Star justified strong market support in the winners of one by landing a nice touch from 6/1 to 7/2 under James Jenkins.
Desertmore Star, owned by Aghabullogue point-to-point committee member Brendan O’Brien, survived a couple of jumping errors before going to the front on the approach to two out to beat Bealaha Bridge by 20 lengths.
Favourite To Arms never got into it and last month’s Tallow maiden victor was pulled up when well out of contention before three out.
James Hannon continued his good run by combining with Paul Moloney, who trains just a mile and a half away from the course in Garryhankard Stud, to collect the adjacent hunts maiden with Sycho Fred.
Homebred by his Belgooly-based owner Finbarr Lordan, the diminutive Sycho Fred made his way to the front after four out to dismiss Longboats Venture by 20 lengths.