Smooth win for promising The God Of Love

PHILIP ROTHWELL’S The God Of Love jusitifed favouritism with a smooth success in the Tipperary Town Maiden Hurdle at Tipperary last night.

Partnered with plenty of patience by Davy Russell, the winner coasted ahead approaching the home turn to easily beat Khazar.

“I’ve now had three horses for Gigginstown and they have all won”, reported Rothwell. “Michael and Eddie O’Leary have been brilliant to me.

“When Call Bewleys was killed at Christmas they sent this horse as a replacement. I’m thrilled with him and think he could be decent later on.”

Russell completed a double aboard Colm Murphy’s Clew Bay Lodge in the Tipperary Town and District Business Beginners Chase.

A decent hurdler, Clew Bay Lodge was making his debut over fences and was pretty much foot perfect throughout.

He got to grips with trail-blazing Franc Villez early in the straight, settlng matters in a few strides.

Commented Murphy: “I’m delighted he’s taken to them (fences) so well. He hops off the ground and is something to look forward to for the summer.”

Charlie Swan’s Valain continued his upward curve with a comfortable victory in the Tipperary Town and District Traders Chase.

Truth to tell, he was galloping all over his rivals for most of the journey, powering ahead with a superb leap two from home.

After that it was simply a case of David Casey pushing him out to score unextended by eight lengths.

“He seems to have turned the corner since winning at Cork, maybe it’s the ground”, said Swan. “He’s been on the go for a while and will have a little break now. He will probably head to Galway, for a winners’ of two over hurdles or a handicap chase.”

The layers got a decent result in the Tipperary Town and District Professionals Handicap Hurdle when Waittillitellyou beat market-leader, Third Level Tom.

The latter was racing off a mark 25lbs below his current rating over fences, but could never get to grips with the front-runner, who kept up the gallop in the straight for John Allen to score by five lengths.

It was a welcome winner for trainer, Paddy Meany, with the 16-1 shot paying almost 38-1 on the “ote.

Said Meany: “I am more delighted than surprised. I expected him to run well, but thought he might need it.”

Carpenter, whose form was tied in with earlier winner Valain, answered Mark Bolger’s strong driving to land the Sean Barrett Bloodstock Insurance Novice Hurdle.

Well-backed favourite Recovery Man isn’t the easiest of rides, but was given the full Paul Carberry treatment to make much of the running.

He had little left in the straight, however, as Carpenter, despite being none too clever over the last two flights, was always getting the best of the tussle.

Alain Cawley got a real tune from 9-2 favourite Blue Express to win the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

A splendid jump at the last sealed the issue for Caroline Hutchinson’s charge, as he held on for dear life through the final hundred yards.

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