Shuilegoric (6/1), a creditable third on his penultimate start at Lisronagh last month, kicked for home after the fifth last of the 15 obstacles. Whilst runner-up Sharivarry closed from the second last, the market leader didn’t aid his cause by erring at the final fence and he was still a half-length adrift at the line. Dandelap showed promise by finishing a further neck adrift in third spot.
“This horse likes this fast ground and his owner Pat Power, a vet in Cahir, bought him from [breeder] Peter Kiely as a foal,” said the in-form Keating.
Sharivarry’s rider Derek O’Connor didn’t leave empty-handed as the seven-time champion later joined forces with Sean Aherne to collect the winners of one with the Robert McGivern-owned mare Mismak (8/1).
Successful in a Kinsale mares’ maiden with Jack Doyle in June 2007, Mismak arrived from off the pace to pick up the running on the approach to the last and she duly fought off Ri Na Noileain by two lengths.
Colin Bowe moved seven clear of Robert Tyner (32 — 25) in the handlers’ championship by saddling a two-timer.
Both of Bowe’s winners were partnered by Barry O’Neill with the pair getting off the mark courtesy of newcomer Three Mountainview (5/2) in the opening four-year-old maiden. Three Mountainview went to the front shortly after half-way with the winning son of Heron Island, a graduate of last year’s Derby sale, asserting from two out to thwart favourite Debt To Society by three lengths in the colours of Donnchadh Doyle.
Bowe and O’Neill then combined to take the five-year-old mares’ maiden with Rever Up (6/1). Absent since finishing a respectable seventh at Ballydarragh in early-February, Rever Up took over at the second last en-route to defeating the frontrunning Flick Of A Switch by five lengths.
Mikey O’Connor was also in double form and the Liscarroll amateur initially teamed-up with old ally Michael Winters to capture the six-year-old geldings’ maiden with the consistent For Sahkey Moony.
Fitted with cheekpieces, For Sahkey Moony made most of the running until favourite Gate Please appeared to touch in down in front three out. The winning son of Welsh Lion, owned and bred by Liam Sheehan from Killarney, is nothing but tough however and he secured the faster jump at the final fence which partly enabled him to dismiss Gate Please by two lengths.
Aengus King’s Is Feidir Liom (7/1) completed O’Connor’s brace in the closing seven-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.
Is Feidir Liom, who pulled up on her two previous outings, edged ever closer from three out and she eased to the front from the final fence to thwart long-time leader Barney’s Girl by two lengths. Is Feidir Liom is owned and bred by Martin O’Shea from Shannon.