Hennessy a possibility as Marina makes waves

GLENCOVE MARINA came back to something approaching his best form when landing the Listed Thurles Chase at the Tipperary track yesterday.

A particularly promising horse in his younger days for Willie Mullins, he was having a second outing for Eoin Griffin.

Rare Bob made much of the running, but was a spent force going to the second last, as Barry Geraghty sent the winner ahead.

The eight-year-old did tire somewhat from the final fence, but was still far too good for this opposition, scoring by four lengths.

Commented Griffin: “Barry said he will be better again the next day, that he needed this run. It is his first win for us and we are happy with that.

“We will have a look at the Hennessy at Newbury, but it is one day at a time with him, he has had plenty of problems.”

Notre Pere, little went right for him last season, made a decent return, staying on doggedly to take second spot.

Griffin completed a double when Under The Arch found loads for Mickey Fogarty pressure to grab the Bumper.

The winner and Ahyaknowyerself had a real set-to through the final furlong, which finally went in favour of Under The Arch by a neck.

“We have always thought a lot of him’’, said Griffin. “That’s his first run since being hobdayed and I don’t know if he will go for another bumper or head straight over hurdles.”

Noel Meade’s Gran Torino battled on dourly to win the Cashel Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Paul Carberry.

Down In Neworleans tried to make all and still held the call rising to the last, but blundered and his chance was gone.

In the meantime Carberry had worked into contention and the winner outstayed Oscars Well on the flat.

Said Meade: “He disappointed us a couple of times and I’m delighted and surprised. He’s a chaser in the making.”

Willie Mullins expressed mild surprise after his Hampshire Express had taken the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase, even though far from neglected in the market.

Bob Lingo was backed from 7-4 to 11-8 and tried to make all of the running, tactics which looked like reaping a dividend for much of the journey.

But he doesn’t find much off the bridle and had nothing left when Ruby Walsh produced the winner to shoot past half way up the run in.

“A lot of mine have been needing the outing”, reported Mullins. “I will keep him to the country tracks for the moment and hope he keeps improving away.”

Tommy Stack’s smart flat recruit Magen’ s Star made a spectacular start over jumps in the Templemore Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

She soon settled down in front for Davy Condon and was never in danger, crossing the line an unflattering 16 lengths to the good.

Fozzy Stack represented his father and said: “She loves the ground and stays well. Hopefully, she can win a couple of more through the winter. She will go for a little winners’ of one now, before we try for something posh.”

The Francis Flood-trained Wicklow Lad ran away with the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.

Keith Donoghue committed him a long way out, going to the fourth last, but the grey never showed any signs of stopping, bounding clear to win by 17 lengths.

Sabrina Harty’s Korean redeemed the promise of his second at Wexford when going one better in the Holycross Handicap Hurdle.

Set alight a fair way out by Michal Darcy, Korean was none too clever over the penultimate obstacle, but then showed much greater resolution than the challenging Lus Na Hoiche.

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