Lyreen Legend’s victory boosts Bob’s prospects

THOSE who fancy Boston Bob at Cheltenham will be encouraged by the performance of Lyreen Legend in winning yesterday’s Grade 2 boylesports.com Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles.

At Leopardstown previously Boston Bob gave Lyreen Legend 10lbs and a good beating and that form is becoming more solid by the minute.

Caolaneoin was left stride on after the second by Andrew Lynch and still held the call early in the straight.

But when Bryan Cooper got down to work on the winner there was only going to be one result and Lyreen Legend forged ahead heading to the final flight to win going away by three and a quarter lengths from Folsom Blue.

Trainer Dessie Hughes, said: “He missed out the first two and then jumped big after that. This wouldn’t be his ideal track, he wants a galloping track.

“He hasn’t been entered for Cheltenham and will go to Fairyhouse and Punchestown. He might go to Cheltenham next year.”

Dare To Doubt hardly broke sweat on the way to justifying odds-on favouritism in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.

She never left second gear, in the hands of Ruby Walsh, cruising to the front between the final two fences to beat Mayo Mystique by four and a half lengths.

“She could go to Fairyhouse for a mares’ chase (Grade 3), but I have her entered in the mares’ hurdle at Cheltenham, so we’ll see,” said Willie Mullins.

The frustrating Saludos put it all together to land the Bet On Your Mobile With boylesports.com Chase.

He made every yard of the running for Robert Power and had the measure of Shakervilz when that one toppled at the second last.

“He has been difficult to place this season,” reported trainer Jessica Harrington. “I was a bit worried running him back so quickly after Naas on Sunday, but thought this was a good opportunity.

“He could run again at Gowran Park on Saturday week, but would need rain if he was to head to Cheltenham for the Grand Annual.”

Paddy The Oscar, the only horse Dungourney, Co Cork trainer, Denis Ahern, has for the track at the moment, was backed from 12-1 to 8-1 in the Ballycahill Beginners Chase and duly obliged.

Enterprisingly handled by Sean Flanagan, the winner surged ahead before three out, the second last was omitted, to easily beat West Cork Flash.

“We gave him a run here a few weeks ago over hurdles to sharpen him up, today was the day,” exclaimed Ahern.

Henry de Bromhead’s Fourth Class won his first ever race when taking the Killinan Maiden Hurdle.

Partnered by Andrew Lynch, he made most of the running, holding the persistent challenge of 20-1 shot Stowree Bud.

"That was a great ride by Andrew'', said de Bromhead. “His jumping (fences) was disappointing at Fairyhouse, so we decided to go back over hurdles.”

Owennacurra Milan, trained at Kilmichael, Co Cork by Mary Louise Hallahan, bolted away with the Tipperary Handicap Hurdle for lady riders.

Katie Walsh was in no hurry, producing the winner to scoot to the front between the last two flights.

Said Ms Hallahan: “He’s been very consistent and will go for another handicap.”'

Tom Foley has his team in good shape and his Dantes Firth took the Horse and Jockey Bumper for mares.

Third on her debut behind Jimmy Mangan’s Kilcrea at Gowran Park, she redeemed the promise of that run.

Always on the pace and in front early in the straight, the daughter of Flemensfifth kept going well for Foley’s son, Pat, to hold Carrigeen Kariega by three parts of a length.

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