New tactics pay off for Far Away So Close

ALAIN CAWLEY, having a first ride back since dislocating his shoulder on August 19, powered Far Away So Close to victory in the Visit Tipperary Maiden Hurdle at Tipperary yesterday.

Heavily supported in the ring and trained by Paul Nolan for Gigginstown House Stud, a change of tactics worked a treat for the five-year-old.

Cawley allowed him to bowl along in front and Far Away So Close galloped on powerfully to beat Apt Manor by two and a half lengths.

Commented Nolan: “He’s been consistent, but disappointing and always seemed to make a mistake at a crucial stage. He didn't do that today.

“Softer ground shouldn’t be an issue and this was his first win and, hopefully, there will be more to come.”

The stewards inquired into the performance of fifth-placed Rheinland, ridden by Paddy Flood for Austin Leahy.

The explanations offered were noted, but Flood was severely cautioned to be seen to be stronger in his riding in the closing stages of races.

Potentially the best horse on view was surely Shark Hanlon’s Hidden Cyclone, who took the second division of the same contest with any amount in hand.

Despite one or two untidy leaps, he cruised ahead going to two out for Andrew McNamara and hardly broke sweat to score by seven lengths.

“He is a proper, proper horse,” reported Hanlon. “He is by Stowaway, who was also the sire of Western Leader, and is the best I have had since him.

“He will now go to Galway for a novice hurdle and then it will be the Sandra Kelly at Navan.”

Adrian Maguire, working horses at Fermoy, missed seeing his Anshan Dreams land the Tipperary Supporters’ Club 25th Anniversary Dinner 3rd December Maiden Hurdle.

He came there cantering for Paul Carberry off the home turn and was always getting the best of the fight with Belord on the run-in.

Sabrina Maguire, who owns Anshan Dreams, represented her husband and said: “We’re delighted with that, but I will leave it to the boss as to where he goes next.”

John Kiely continued his terrific run when Ella Watson dug deep for Ruby Walsh to justify 2-1 favouritism in the 2011 Tipperary Supporters’ Club Handicap Hurdle.

Ephorus looked the likely winner when landing in front two out, but Ella Watson rallied in style and was nicely on top close home.

Said Kiely: “She is in foal to Milan, had only ten days left and is finished now.”

John Joe Walsh celebrated his birthday by saddling Island Wood to land the Blue And Gold Beginners Chase.

Partnered by Kevin Coleman, Island Wood had his task eased when the challenging Big Secret fell two out and when John The Soldier blundered at the last.

Said Walsh: “He was entitled to win, he had a bit of form, although he would have preferred softer ground.”

Tom Cooper’s Lucky William was a desperately unlucky loser of the Tipperary The Home Of Liam McCarthy Beginners Chase.

A well-supported favourite to make a winning debut over fences, he gave an exhibition of jumping and was in charge and full of running when departing two out.

Ironically, he swept across this obstacle with plenty to spare as well, but buckled at the back of it.

That left Bremen in front and he made the rest to beat Bit Of A Devil. For trainer, Paul Flynn, it was a change of luck, having lost Pallasmore here on Sunday.

The Charles Byrnes-trained previously once-raced Another Chieftain cropped up at 16-1, over 30-1 on the tote, for Robbie McNamara in the Bumper.

He beat Jakros by half a length and then survived a stewards’ inquiry, after drifting to his right in the closing stages.

No interference took place, the result was in no way affected and a change in the placings, not even in these somewhat puzzling times, was never a possibility.

Another Chieftain had disappointed over flights on his debut at Roscommon, with Byrnes explaining: “We thought he’d run well at Roscommon, but didn’t jump. We decided to try him in a bumper, but didn’t think he’d win, it’s a pleasant surprise.”

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