Powerstation may attempt a quick follow-up

ROOKIE trainer, Eamonn O’Connell, was flying high after his Powerstation had landed the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Captain Christy Novice Chase at Clonmel yesterday.

The 38-year-old, who works for Aer Lingus, only took out a licence in May. He is based at Cullen, Co Tipperary, has five horses in his care and this was his first winner from just three runners on the track.

“If okay, he will run again next Sunday in a Grade 3 at Tipperary”, reported O’Connell.

It was a decent performance on the part of the eight-year-old, who was making his debut over fences.

Arklow Ger landed in front over the second last, but Powerstation was produced with impeccable timing by Andrew McNamara to edge ahead coming away from the final fence.

Arklow Ger battled back strongly, but the winner was always doing enough to hold on, scoring by a head.

Davy Russell, who rode Arklow Ger, was suspended for one day, having been found guilty of using his whip improperly, down the shoulder in the forehand position.

Lethal Weapon, trained on the flat by David Wachman, but now in the care of Christy Roche, made a fine start to his jumping career with a smooth victory in the Kilmore three-year-old Maiden Hurdle.

Confidently handled by Alan Crowe and always travelling sweetly on the heels of the leaders, Lethal Weapon led over two out and was soon clear.

Commented McManus’ racing manager, Frank Berry: “He enjoys jumping and will now go for a winners’ of one.”

First Symphony delivered for the first time, in the hands of Davy Russell, in the Laganore Maiden Hurdle. Driven to the front over the last, she found plenty to hold Tramp Stamp.

“She deserved that and will go for a flat race next Wednesday at either Sligo or Tralee”, reported trainer, Brian Nolan.

Noel Meade’s Skylancer, the well-backed favourite, proved very disappointing, finding nothing when asked by Paul Carberry in the straight.

Silent Wind, owned by a Cork syndicate, appropriately called Beautiful City Syndicate, ran away with the John Costigan Memorial Novice Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh soon set up a huge lead and Silent Wind never came off the bridle to win by 24 lengths.

Trainer, Martin Brassil, said: “He likes good ground and could go for another handicap or a novice race next.”

Uneasy favourite Meadow Vale was out of contention when pulled up before the second last and was subsequently found to be clinically abnormal.

The John Murphy-trained Old Peak Road followed his win at Tramore by taking the Irish Coursing Club Handicap Hurdle.

Given an excellent drive by David Splaine, Old Peak Road led over two out and stayed on doggedly in a contest in which less than a length covered the first four home.

Splaine (21) turned professional last Christmas and this was his third as a pro and a fourth overall.

Willie Mullins’ Persian City, who had been getting bogged down in testing ground, showed his appreciation of a better surface when taking the Bumper.

He held on for dear life close home for Patrick Mullins, as Captain Nash, taken from 5-1 to 3-1 favourite, finished with a real flourish to go under by a short head.

The blinkered Mac Robin won what was a very moderate Glenary Handicap Chase for the Gerry Keane yard.

In front over the second last, he battled on to hold Tubber Gael Holly, who arrived with every chance.

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