Murphy proves a good egg with fine double

Amateur Ciaran Murphy will remember St. Patrick’s Day 2011 for a long time, having completed a fine double on Good Egg and Shadow Eile at Down Royal.

A recent winner at Fairyhouse, Good Egg justified 6/4 favouritism in the Daily Mirror Hunters Chase, getting the better of Bold Ali by two and a half lengths after a protracted battle.

Good Egg is trained by Lady Fowler, whose daughter-in-law Lorna later won the charity race at Cheltenham, for Daisy Duggan, who commented: “On form he was entitled to win, although he would prefer better ground. He might go for the ‘Foxhunters’ at Aintree now.”

Murphy completed his double when making all on Shadow Eile to turn over favourite Giant’s Quest in the bumper.

Winning trainer Dot Love admitted: “She had a tough enough race at Navan last week but I knew she was in great form because I rode her myself yesterday and she nearly pulled my arms off.”

The featured Daily Mirror Chase, in which Aintree-bound favourite Vic Venturi finished a disappointing fourth, produced a major shock and a first win for trainer Ian Browne, who is based in Donadea, County Kildare.

Victory went to 25/1 shot Hold The Pin, having his first run for his new trainer, and ridden by Robbie Moran to outpoint Ambobo.

In front before the second last before scoring emphatically, the twelve-year-old delighted Browne. “I only got him five or six weeks ago, from Tony Martin’s. The lads who own him though he could do with a change of scenery — it often works with older horses. He settled in well and has been doing things right. So we were quietly confident of a good run.”

In the other action, back-from-Cheltenham John Cullen partnered the Noel Meade-trained Kid Curry to an all-the-way win in the opening Daily Mirror Maiden Hurdle, foiling a morning and on-course gamble on runner-up Worldor.

Mattie Bowes won the three-mile beginners chase on 20/1 shot Farmaland, after 2/5 favourite crashed at the second while Cormac Farrell’s Rookery Rebel was a fortunate winner of the two-mile beginners event, being left in command when clear leader Talkin Tough fell at the last.

Meanwhile, front-running tactics proved success in many of the races on Wexford’s six-race hurdle card, most significantly when 16/1 outsider of four Hide The Evidence, ridden by Barry Cash, made all to beat No One Tells Me and odds-on favourite Cass Bligh convincingly in the Richard Browne & Sons Ltd. Hurdle.

Sligo-based Winning trainer Niall Moran was not present but his representative Michael McElhone explained: “He was a good horse for Jessica Harrington a few years back, but he’s had his problems. We have him a good while and a recent run on the flat in Wolverhampton sweetened him up. Barry was very good on him.”

Bleakfield Lady, ridden by Robbie Colgan, forced the pace to win the first division of the Curracloe Maiden Hurdle for trainer John Ryan. But the combination was foiled of a double in the second division when Tom Doyle slipped clear of the Denis Cullen-trained mare Catch The Moment to foil their representative Glenstar.

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