Essex was a huge punt in the ring, finding 4-9 from 4-6. Impudent looked his only possible danger and there was always the possibility she wouldn’t actually jump off at the start.
She was last to leave the gate alright, but lost little ground, as You Only Live Once set up a big lead.
Six furlongs from home, however Essex cruised ahead, but the youngster soon had Impudent tracking the new leader.
Essex still held the call early in the straight, but Mullins produced the In The Wings mare with impeccable timing to power ahead inside the furlong pole and score by a length and a half.
Mullins’ father, Willie, trains Impudent and said: “That went to plan, she was much better at the start and the small field was a help.
“Listowel is likely to be next for either the Lartigue Handicap Hurdle or the Slan Abhaile Race.”
Mullins senior won the race as an amateur on Future Hero, but this was Patrick’s second success, having scored a year ago on Diego Garcia.
Tom Taaffe’s Emotional Article was the business in the ring for the Denny Gold Medal Handicap Chase, 7-2 to 11-4. When Ruby Walsh sent him to the front approaching two out, he looked very much the likely winner.
But Emotional Article fiddled the final fence, lost momentum and Paul Carberry brought Macs Flamingo with a surging late effort to get up close home and win by half a length.
“I told Paul he would probably suit this horse”, said trainer, Pat Fahy. “I don’t think he gets a yard beyond two and a half miles. I have no plan, today was the plan.”
Martin Harley, who is apprenticed to Jim Bolger, enjoyed his fifth success when sweeping through late to take the DNG W.H Giles Auctioneers’ Handicap on Solar Sail.
The daughter of Daggers Dawn is trained at Abbeyleix, Co Laois by Michael Connell, who seems to possess a particularly realistic view on life.
Said Connell: “We usually have a winner a year, we don’t set the world light, we are no Aidan O’Brien!”
Cupid’s Bow ran her last race in the Kirbys’ Brogue Inn-Lanterns Hotel Handicap and went out in a blaze of glory.
Ridden by Christopher Geoghegan, she got the best of a terrific last furlong tussle with In A Rush with Varsity close up in third.
Commented trainer, Pat Martin: “That’s it for her, she’s in foal to Refuse To Bend. This is a real tough cookie, as honest as they come.”
The Adrian Sexton-trained Carlowsantana put up a decent effort to defy top weight in the ERA Walsh and O’Sullivan Auctioneers’ Handicap.
He forged ahead turning in for Seamus Heffernan and then bounded through the ground to score unextended by three and a half lengths.
“He’s been off the boil all season, but just seems to come to himself at this time”, reported Sexton.
“Seamie loves the horse and has been very good to me since I started training. Tipperary next week will probably be next.”
Young Lochinvar, absent since finishing third at Limerick in April, stripped fit and well to win the White Sands Catering Maiden.
Giving Pat Smullen and Dermot Weld their first of the week, the daughter of Pivotal led early in the straight and had no trouble shaking off the token challenge of Belle’s Ridge. It was champion jockey-elect Smullen’s 63rd of the campaign.
Punters have taken a terrible hammering all week and got it wrong again in the last, the Meadowlands Hotel Beginners Chase.
Breaking Silence was taken into 8-11 from evens and his front-running tactics looked certain to succeed for most of the journey.
But he found nothing once tackled by Wishwillow Lord two out and was soon back-pedalling, going under by two and a half lengths. Wishwillow Lord was partnered by Paul Carberry, successful earlier on Macs Flamingo.
Ruby Walsh, out of luck on Emotional Article, got back on the winning trail when driving The Royal Dub ahead two out to take the Ballygarry House Hotel Owen McGillicuddy Cup Handicap Hurdle.
“He was fresh and well after a break and maybe that’s the way to have him”, said trainer, Tony Martin.
Admission to Tralee today will be free. The gate is being sponsored by trainer, Jim Bolger, who requests that patrons make a contribution to St Vincent de Paul.