Russell makes it on Taipan

DAVY RUSSELL rode a whirlwind finish to get Made In Taipan up on the line in the M D O’Shea and Sons Hurdle at Killarney, on a night when there were a huge number of non-runners due to the fast ground.

Tom Mullins’ charge had run here on Sunday, finishing fifth of five in the chase won by Psycho.

But, none the worst for that, he stripped in good shape, although looking less than a possibility approaching the home turn.

Favourite Head Of The Posse led coming away from two out, but Russell now had Made In Taipan in full flow and the winner got up near the line to score by half a length.

“Never in doubt,” quipped Russell, massively tongue-in-cheek. It was the nine-year-old’s first win for almost two and a half years.

Reported Mullins: “He was too fresh here yesterday. Davy said he took off on him and had nothing left at the finish. He was fit and well this morning and is now supposed to go to Doncaster sales on the 24th of this month.”

Mullins completed a double when Alderwood, 11-4 to 2-1 favourite, took the Keg Security Tralee Maiden Hurdle.

Eyre Apparent went on off the home turn, but Alderwood challenged strongly rising to the last.

A couple of strides after the obstacle, however, Eyre Apparent stumbled badly and Alderwood was left with a simple task.

Ironically, David Casey, who partnered Head Of The Posse against Made in Taipan, was aboard the winner on this occasion.

Said Mullins: “He learned his job on bad ground in the winter and it has paid dividends. I have no plans, but he might drop back in trip.”

Mullins’ brother, Tony, had his first success since October of last year when Clarach easily won the first division of the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.

Beautifully handled by his son, Danny, Clarach cruised ahead between the final two flights to beat Catcherinscratcher.

The daughter of Beneficial was originally with Mullins, then went to Tim Vaughan, before returning to Ireland around Christmas.

Said Mullins senior: “I’m a bit surprised. I thought she would need the run, but obviously is best fresh.”

The favourite, Ceol Rua, jumped poorly and was subsequently found to be clinically abnormal.

The second section of the same contest went to the in-form duo of Dessie Hughes and Bryan Cooper with Sugar Bullet.

Cooper partnered her with real confidence, producing the seven-year-old to lead going to the second last.

Commented Hughes: “I thought she was feeling the ground for the first circuit, but she warmed to it.”

Hughes landed a double when Optimum Force upset long odds-on Rudi Trucker in the Dan Linehan's Bar Hunters Chase.

Those who waded in on Rudi Trucker were reasonably happy when Jamie Codd allowed him lead heading to the fourth from home.

But the distress signals began to fly in the straight and Rudi Trucker had no answer once Kevin Power delivered the winner on the run in.

Hughes’ Rockofinspiration looked the likely winner of the Laurels Bar Maiden Hurdle for colts and geldings going to the final flight.

But he stumbled at the back of the obstacle, lost momentum and had nothing left, as Conor Maxwell drove 12-1 shot Ballintemple Star past.

Ballintemple Star is trained at Lusk, Co Dublin by Jim Brennan. He has just two horses in his care and the other, Information, scored at Roscommon the previous Monday.

Charles Byrnes’ Bideford Legend justified 2-1 favouritism with a smooth victory in the McSweeney Arms Hotel Handicap Chase.

Confidently handled by Philip Enright, Bideford Legend coasted clear after two out to win by eight lengths.

“He will keep going for the summer and might finish at Listowel,” commented Byrnes.

Dingaling stayed on stoutly to beat beat Galzig and Dance The Devil in the Killarney Racegoers’ Club Bumper.

Trained by Michael Hourigan, the Milan gelding was more than capably handled by his daughter, Laura.

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