New star is born as Zaidpour sluices home

A NEW star was born at Fairyhouse yesterday when the Willie Mullins-trained Zaidpour won the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle by 12 lengths, writes Pat Keane.

He landed his maiden with any amount in hand at Punchestown, but had nothing to beat on that occasion.

Stepping up in class, however, against far better horses, Zaidpour proceeded to treat them with disdain as well.

Paul Townend was in no hurry and sat motionless when Perfect Smile went for home coming away from the third last.

Zaidpour got in tight to the second last, but picked up in a flash and eased away without being asked the slightest question.

“I’m very pleased with that”, reported Mullins.

“He was a bit novicey and keen in the early stages, but Paul said he was always happy.

“Christmas comes a bit soon, but I’d imagine he will go to Leopardstown for the experience. He was a real bargain when I bought him in France. I was prepared to double, or even treble, the money I gave.”

Mullins and Townend combined for their third winner of the afternoon when Golden Silver outclassed the opposition in the O’Connell Group Hilly Way Chase.

Partnered with total confidence by Townend, he was only fifth off the home bend, but then cruised through to lead heading to the final fence to score with his head in his chest.

“Paul was very good, I thought he was too far back”, said Mullins. “The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas will be next.”

Edward O’Grady’s Tranquil Sea produced a very competent display to land the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

He jumped and travelled beautifully for Andrew McNamara and was never too far behind the trail-blazing Cooldine.

McNamara allowed him to lead before two out and Tranquil Sea didn’t flinch, as J’y Vole and Roberto Goldback tried to close.

Said O’Grady: “I don’t know if he will run again before the Ryanair (Cheltenham) . He ran too close to the race last season and it affected him.

“This was always going to be his pre-Christmas target and now that he has gone and done it we can dream along.”

One of the most exciting horses in the country, Mikael D’Haguenet, returned from an absence of 593 days in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase and was probably an unlucky loser.

He and market rival, Jessies Dream, emerged as the principals in the straight and, heading to the last, the battle appeared to be going in favour of Mikael D’Haguenet.

Timmy Murphy was rowing away on Jessies Dream and Paul Townend hadn’t quite gone for the lot on his charge.

Mikael D’Haguenet jumped the fence in good style, but folded on landing, leaving Jessies Dream to beat Realt Dubh by five lengths.

Trainer, Gordon Elliott, said: “That is my first Grade 1 and it is great he is owned by David Johnson. Timmy thinks he wants further and better ground.

“I don’t know about Christmas, but if he goes anywhere it will be the Feltham at Kempton.”

Reflecting on Mikael D’Haguenet, his trainer, Willlie Mullins, said: “Inexperience caught him out, that’s what happens when you run them in a Grade 1. The horse is fine, I just hope it hasn’t done his confidence any harm!”

Earlier on Elliott’s Toner D’Oudairies justified hefty market support with a smooth enough display in the Bar One Racing Juvenile three-year-old Hurdle.

He had to be nudged forward momentarily by Davy Russell early in the straight, but landed in front two out and was soon in control.

Commented Elliott: “He’s a big horse, who will make a lovely chaser. I don’t know if he’s one for Cheltenham, but will now head to Leopardstown at Christmas.”

Boylesports gave Toner D’Oudairies a quote of 20-1 for the Triumph Hurdle, with Stan James offering 25-1.

Noel Meade’s Asigh Pearl, who ran a shocker at Down Royal previously, was back on song in the Bar One Racing Handicap Hurdle.

Paul Carberry drove her ahead going to the last to easily beat Fosters Cross and Mutadarek.

The Caffreys’ Bar And Restaurant Of Batterstown Handicap Chase saw Nina Carberry bring Peak Raider with a delightful late challenge to beat Lastoftheladers.

* The attendance yesterday was 3,126.

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