Jimbill goes in first time of asking

THE rescheduled Co Clare Hunt point-to-point took place at its traditional Belharbour venue in the Burren region of north Co Clare on Saturday and the Matthew Daly-trained newcomer Jimbill impressed by making a winning debut in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden.

Jimbill (8/1), a son of Flying Legend that represents Adare-based owners’ Joan and Michael Toomey, was restrained by Ciaran Fennessy towards the rear of the nine-runner field until making his move from before three out.

The eventual winner took up the running at the penultimate of the 15 obstacles and he was well in command when losing some momentum at the final fence. Whilst runner-up Godsmejudge held every chance briefly on the flat, Cecil Ross’ charge was still a half-length adrift at the line with a one-length break to favourite Ohwhatanight.

“This is the first horse that I’ve had for the owners,” related Croom-based Daly. “We’ve a lot of steady work done with him and my brother Dinny said that he was really rocking when we schooled him over fences on Friday.”

Mark Molloy, who trains a small string near Ballycahill in Co Tipperary, went away with two winners and he initiated his two-timer with the Kevin Power-ridden Ely Brown (7/1) in the six-year-old geldings’ maiden.

The previously once-raced Ely Brown, who ran well until falling two out on his debut at Ballysteen last season, took up the running after the second last with the winning son of Sunshine Street powering clear to beat odds-on shot Noble Chic in the colours of his handler’s near-neighbour Nicholas Morrissey.

The Heron Island-sired newcomer Venusinfurs (9/4) completed Molloy’s two-timer in the second division of the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden. Venusinfurs, whom Molloy purchased from his aunt Jessica Wilksinson as a foal, took up the running travelling well after the second last and the victorious six-year-old duly put the issue beyond doubt in literally a couple of strides with three lengths separating her from Zakharyina.

Venusinfurs’ rider Corky Carroll went away with two winners for he also combined with Co Westmeath trainer Ciaran Murphy to capture an eventful two and a half mile four-year-old maiden with newcomer Im An Ace (4/1). Pat Doyle’s Giggingstown House Stud-owned newcomer Tackmaster held a two-length advantage and was clearly travelling best when falling at the final fence and his demise enabled Im An Ace to beat Chicharito by one and a half lengths.

Tackmaster’s rider Derek O’Connor still partnered two winners at this his local meeting and the Galwegian opened his account aboard Jason Titley’s Robbie McMahon (6/4 — 4/5) in the confined hunt maiden. Robbie McMahon, bred by Irish Field journalist Michael Duggan who’s also a member of the Hill Syndicate that own the six-year-old, eased to the front after the second last with the recent Nenagh fourth accounting for the well-fancied Autumn Day by eight lengths.

O’Connor’s remaining success came aboard Meenoughter Lass (7/4), an ex-track performer that was having an initial outing for Sam Curling, in the first instalment of the mares’ maiden. Meenoughter Lass, representing Youghal owner John Draddy, made her way to the front before the final fence to dismiss Domestic Dispute by five lengths.

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