Unlucky when slipping up at Navan last time, the nine-year-old, in the colours of Mrs Ann O’Brien, established a clear lead before halfway and never looked likely to be caught, although tiring on the run-in and having less than two lengths to spare over Forjoetheplumber.
Derinlaur is trained by Charlie Swan, who stated: “At long last! That was well-deserved. He’s been second to plenty of good horses and was due a change of luck. I suppose he was like a handicapper running in a beginners’ race. It’s likely that he’ll have a break and come back in the spring, although I’m not sure.”
Tom Doyle is enjoying a rich vein of form and brought his tally to five winners in as many days when completing a double on Farrells Fancy and Barel Of Laughs.
Farrells Fancy, trained by Terence O’Brien for the eight-member Beir Bua Syndicate, justified 2/1 favouritism in the Tipperary Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle, holding the challenge of the consistent but luckless Worldly Wise by threequarters of a length.
“On his best form, he was entitled to win,” said O’Brien. “But I was afraid he might be caught by his fitness. And he got a bit tired. Ideally, he wants a trip. And he’ll run in the Grade 3 three-mile novice in Mallow next month (November 6).”
Doyle followed-up on Barrel Of Laughs, which provided Jim Culloty with his first winner of the National Hunt season (he had a flat winner at Navan in June) in the Blue And Gold Beginners Chase.
Five-year-old Barrel Of Laughs mastered frontrunning Celtic Wish at the second last and had to be kept up to his work on the run to hold the Ruby Walsh-ridden Mighty Snazy by a length and three-quarters.
Culloty commented: “I train this horse for very good, patient owners, Peter and Trish Andrews, people I rode for in England for 15 years. They love chasers. I have no idea where he’ll go next, but he’s an exciting young horse.”
Davy Russell, out of luck on even-money favourite Riuvage D’Or, enjoyed better luck earlier when the Charles Byrnes-trained hurdling debutant Captain Dancer coasted to victory in the second division of the Visit Tipperary Maiden Hurdle.
Confidently handled by Russell, the Danehill Dancer gelding quickened well to head Spot Fine before the final flight and won, hard held, by a length and threequarters.
The John Cullen-ridden Flycorn gave trainer Tom Hogan a welcome change of luck when landing the first division of the Visit Tipperary Maiden Hurdle at the expense of Walter De La Mare. The 5/2 favourite was building on his creditable, recent second to Frawley at Navan.
The bumper, the Finale Of 2011 Flat Race turned into a battle, victory going to the Robert Tyner-trained Definite Article gelding Daring Article, strongly ridden by Gerry Mangan to beat High Class Show by a half-length.
And Major Harry, outsider of two runners from Pat Kelly’s Co Galway yard, proved a shock winner of the 2012 Tipperary Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle, getting the better of front-running Coole Avenue on the run-in thanks to a strong ride by Shay Barry.