The seasonal debutant Haile Deadly (16/1), an initial winner as an owner for William Linehan from Caherconlish, made his way into pole position on the run to the final of the 14 obstacles. Whilst Dan Lordan’s Buck McGrath staged a determined rally in the closing stages, Haile Deadly still beat James Hannon’s mount by a half-length. Ardkilly Celt stayed on for third spot, a further four lengths adrift of the two principals.
“I only have this horse since the beginning of December and we didn’t do that much at all with him during the cold snap,” said Farrell who trains just five horses from Pat O’Donnell’s Herbertstown yard. “We were just waiting for a little bit of rain for him over the past couple of weeks. The left-handed course here suited him and he will probably now go for another winners race.”
Paul Cashman’s Storming Gale (3/1) won a vintage renewal of the four-year-old maiden in the hands of the capable Larry Murphy.
Storming Gale, an excellent fourth on his debut at Dromahane two weeks earlier, led from three out and the Revoque-sired gelding still held a one-length advantage over Jasper Pyne when Eudora O’Connor’s eyecatching charge fell at the final fence. Storming Gale was then left clear to dismiss Crafti Bookie by a distance and unfortunately the third-placed horse Goals Win Matches sustained a fatal leg injury on crossing the line.
“This horse still isn’t fully wound up and, if he’s not sold, he will go for a bumper,” reported Cashman of Storming Gale, owned by his father Liam who’s presently a patient in the Bon Secours Hospital.
Denis Hayes’ Seven Houses (3/1), a fine third on his debut at Rathcannon last month, won a most competitive first division of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden in the hands of Kieran Norris.
Seven Houses, a half-brother to Ted Walsh’s former cracking chaser Southern Vic, made his way past the frontrunning Intentandpurposes after the final fence to score by two lengths in the style of a potentially above-average sort.
Tales To Tell (7/4-evens) continued the fine run of trainer Pat Doyle by making a victorious debut in the second instalment of this same contest. The Oscar-sired Tales To Tell, owned by Doyle’s wife Mary but in whom Peter Molony of Rathmore Stud and Juliet Minton also hold an interest, swept past Terence O’Brien’s Family Three over 50 yards out to oblige by two lengths in the hands of Derek O’Connor.
Gerry O’Keeffe’s Supreme Deal (5/1) returned to a rapturous reception on repeating his success of 12 months ago in the open.
Supreme Deal, who was posting an eighth success ‘between the flags’, travelled sweetly for Colman Sweeney and he eased his way into pole position after the last. At the post, the triumphant ten-year-rold had six lengths to spare over Tous Chez. A Cork hunters chase on Easter Monday is now likely to feature for Supreme Deal, one of six horses that O’Keeffe has in harness at his Dungourney base.
The closing five-year-old mares’ maiden turned into a most eventful affair and Lisroe can be alluded to as one of the most unluckiest losers of the season so far. This is so as Lisroe, having powered clear from before two out, was all of ten lengths clear when crashing out at the final fence.
Waterhill Lady was then left in front, but she was badly impeded by the stricken Lisroe and rider Thomas Feeney lost an iron. Ken Budds’ Sweet Sylvia (10/1) duly made her way to the front with Richie Rohan and, although Waterhill Lady eroded the deficit in the closing stages, she was still a half-length adrift of the Karen Walsh-owned winner at the line.