The third last produced some real drama. Ruby Walsh’s mount, Imperial Hills, fell and brought down Porticcio while at the same flight Robin Du Bois fell independently.
Unfortunately both Imperial Hills and Robin Du Bois were killed and their two riders, Walsh and Paul Carberry respectively, were stood down for the rest of the day. They will have to pass the doctor today if they are to resume this evening.
In the meantime, See U Bob continued to make his merry way for the post and he held on for Alain Cawley to resist the late flourish of Dani California by a neck.
See U Bob is owned by Celtic Bookmakers, whose supremo, of course, is Ivan Yates.
“I’d say Ivan will enjoy getting Ladbrokes’ money”, quipped trainer-Nolan. “We were very disappointed with him the last day at Fairyhouse, his jumping fell apart a bit. We will consider training him for the Galway Hurdle now.”
Garrett Cotter gave Der Spieler an enterprising drive to take the Killarney Towers’ Hotel Maiden Hurdle.
He had the winner tracking the pace throughout and then made his move heading to the home turn.
Der Spieler lengthened in fine style, finding plenty up the straight to score by four lengths.
Trainer, Jimmy Coogan, said: “We fancied him and thought he’d win, given luck in running. We’ll see what the handicapper does, but he will probably go for a handicap next.”
Michael Hourigan’s Shanballa, off the track since scoring at Listowel last June, stripped fit and well to take the Kelly Brothers’ Sliabh Luachra Handicap Hurdle.
Ruby Walsh was aboard the favourite, Steve Silvermint, and when that one cantered to the front going to three out the deal appeared to be sealed.
But he only flattered to deceive and found little once Adrian Heskin sent Shanballa past heading to the last.
Hourigan, explaining why his charge had been off for some 11 months, reported: “He got a leg and will now head back to Listowel.”
For the promising Heskin (17) it was a third success.
Snowy Morning, who has struggled all season to translate his good homework onto the track, finally had a turn when getting the best of a dour tussle with Newmill in the Leanes Tool Hire and Scaffolding Chase.
The pair had it between them from the third last and the battle always seemed to be just about going in favour of Newmill.
But David Casey, deputising for Walsh, got a real tune from Snowy Morning to force him ahead close home.
The pair did get close together and a stewards’ inquiry was called. An alteration to the placings, however, was never a real possibility.
The complexion of the Gleneagle Hotel Handciap Chase changed two out when Shan Brogeen, travelling strongly in front, took a crashing fall. Martin Ferris was in the plate and, thankfully, was on his feet almost immediately. It subsequently transpired, though, that Ferris had dislocated a shoulder.
In any case, Air Of Confusion was left in front and made the rest, for Andrew McNamara, to beat Flying Paragan.
The layers got a screamer in the Bumper when 25-1 shot, Gordon Elliott’s newcomer Arkrose, got a run up the inside to beat the fancied pair, Lucky William and Steel Park. Arkrose paid almost 77-1 on the Tote.
Pauline Ryan gave Banna Man a delightful drive to coax him past the flattering Mise En Place to take the O’Connor Sutton and Cronin Ladies Handicap.
nFinally, six horses in total were killed through the course of the day. Senior jockeys, however, were adamant there was no problem with the ground, with Ruby Walsh describing it as “perfect.”