Progressive Sumkindasuprstar gets off the mark in smooth style

THERE were doubles for riders Benny Walsh and Ross O’Sullivan at the rescheduled Kildare Hunt point-to-point fixture at Punchestown racecourse yesterday.

Walsh, who remains well on course for his best ever season, got off the mark aboard Sumkindasuprstar (3/1) in the opening two and a half mile four-year-old maiden.

The John Clifford-trained Sumkindasuprstar, who finished a fine third behind Sean Aherne’s Catch Bob on his debut at Kilworth earlier this month, travelled ominously well before overtaking Short Cover at the fourth last.

Abbevillian, a newcomer from the Eddie Hales stable, held every chance from the second last, but although just a half-length adrift of the eventual winner, Johnny King’s mount appeared beaten when exiting at the final fence.

Sumkindasuprstar was then left clear to dispose of Colin McKeever’s Jim Tango by eight lengths.

Walsh doubled up aboard Darragh Brennan’s Rockers Field (6/1) in a most competitive winners of one.

Rockers Field, an authoritative maiden scorer at Lisgoold last season, overtook the pacesetting Ulti Man on the approach to four out. The well-fancied Major Decision, the mount of Derek O’Connor, seemed to be fighting a losing battle in second place when falling at the penultimate obstacle with Rockers Field then coming home by 10 lengths from Fifty Yearson.

Both of Ross O’Sullivan’s winners were supplied by Ted Walsh and the duo definitely had luck on their side with Thunder Run (4/1), running in the familiar Papillon colours of Mrs Betty Moeran, in the six-year-old maiden.

This is so as the well-supported favourite Nedzer’s Run held an unassailable 10-length advantage when cruelly unseating his partner a few strides after the final fence with the physically imposing Thunder Run then being left clear to account for Ned White by three lengths.

O’Sullivan and Walsh then came to the rescue of favourite backers by collecting the first split of the seven and eight-year-old maiden with Wedger Pardy (6/4-evens). Runner-up in last season’s Ladies Cup over the banks at the Punchestown festival, Wedger Pardy took over on the approach to the final fence to triumph by six lengths in the Finsceal Beo/Al Eile silks of Michael Ryan.

A monster punt was landed by the Paul Gilligan-trained Faithful Dancer in the second division of this same concluding contest. Having been plunged upon from 7/1 into 2/1, Faithful Dancer made most of the running with the steamer storming clear under Andrew Duff on the run to two out to beat the only other finisher Whats Up Mate by 10 lengths.

Peter Maher’s Treybor (4/1), trained during the initial stages of his career by Howard Johnson for Andrea and Graham Wylie, just came out on top with physiotherapist Caroline Woods in a desperately close finish to the novice riders open. Treybor, a three-time points victor last season, made his way past the hat-trick seeking The Merry Mason and Maxine O’Sullivan at the final fence to oblige by a neck.

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