Maryiver lit up by cheek-pieces and a return to Tramore

A WINNER at the corresponding meet last year, Maryiver was lit up by a return to Tramore yesterday and the addition of cheek-pieces as she made all under Philip Enright in the Beginners Steeplechase to supply her Mallow handler Eoghan O’Grady with a welcome winner (his first on the track since May).

The well-bred daughter of Runyon made all (a tactic that worked well through the session) and she jumped brilliantly on the way to a most-deserved length success over Bobs Display.

O’Grady said: “She likes it around here – she won a maiden hurdle here on this day last year. She’ll go for a novice handicap next.”

Victorious owner Ivor Dulohery from Mallow and his wife Mary own the six-year-old mare – hence the name. The former said: “I bought her as a foal from Michael Winters.”

Johnny Cullen’s defection (his wife Ann Marie expecting a baby) from the ride on Ardglen, left the way open for Nina Carberry to steer the Limerick winner from three days ago to success in the Pickardstown Handicap Hurdle.

The Bach gelding, shouldering a mandatory 6lb penalty, made light of top-weight on the way to a ten length victory from Yeoman.

Winning trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s partner Rachel O’Neill said: “The cheek-pieces have made a big difference to him. He’s had his problems and he’ll probably go chasing next. That’s Nina’s first winner for us.”

Carberry went on to complete a double on the heavily-backed Flying Light (7/2 in the morning into evens) in the Waterford & Tramore Supporters Club Ladies Flat Race for trainer John Queally.

Three Monkeys (20/1, paid nearly 47/1 on the Tote) benefited from in the words of trainer Philip Rothwell, “a great opportunistic ride,” by Shane Jackson in the opening Graun Hill Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The 20/1 Mr Combustible mare made all and she had what was required at the finish to hold off Coolharbour Breeze and Fairly Definite by three lengths and two lengths. The well-backed favourite Asiya (5/2 in the morning into 11/8) could manage only fifth.

It was a case of more of the same half-an-hour later in the Metal Man Novice Hurdle as Foildubh became the second all-the-way scorer, under Robbie Colgan.

Owned and trained by John Ryan, host of the Templemore point-to-point at Fairyhill, this Woods Of Windsor gelding showed a likeable attitude to fend off the favourite Wee Giant by half a length.

Ryan said: “He’ll go to Cheltenham now next month for a two mile and six. That’ll be my first runner there. He is a good novice – as tough as nails, with plenty of guts. He’s the best horse I’ve ever had.”

Goban Saor certainly found favour with punters as he was backed from 100/30 in the morning into 6/4 for the Guillemene Maiden Hurdle and he justified that confidence under Paddy Mangan.

Mangan struck on aboard the in-form Edward O’Grady runner after three out and he held off the challenge of Granaruid by a length and three parts.

For the fifth time from six races front-running tactics yielded dividends as Shay Barry rode his first winner since fracturing his pelvis at Killarney in August by guiding Come To The Party to success in the Newtown Handicap Chase.

Barry’s mount, the top-weight, was sent off a 12/1 chance for the local Eoin Doyle yard who have made a habit of saddling winners at this venue, and he forged on from the final fence to see off favourite, Isourbell by four lengths.

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