The stylish Murphy got off the mark by attaining his initial success for Robert Tyner aboard Dromahane confined hunt maiden victor Presenting Rebel (5/1) in the winners of one. Lonesome Glory appeared to be holding the whip hand at the final of the 14 obstacles, but the Patient Syndicate-owned Presenting Rebel stayed on well under a strong drive to lead in the shadow of the post en-route to beating Lonesome Glory by a head.
Murphy brought up his two-timer aboard owner/trainer Fran Stone’s mare Shanella (8/1) in the closing seven-year-old maiden. Shanella, the only animal that Ardpatrick-based chiropractor Ms Stone currently has in harness, led from the third last to dismiss The Legislator by a comprehensive four lengths.
Terence O’Brien similarly departed with two winners, the Carrigtwohill handler opening his account with Kilnockin Lady (7/1) in the second division of the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden.
Kilnockin Lady, who was returning from in excess of a four-month break, always travelled well for Richie Harding and she took up the running at the second last. Kilnockin Lady, owned by John Neville and John Hosford, was always in command thereafter and she duly defeated Perazzi by one and a half lengths. A mares’ maiden hurdle is now likely to feature for Kilnockin Lady.
O’Brien doubled up courtesy of Ifyouthinkso (4/1) in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. Ifyouthinkso was sent to the front by Pat Collins on the run to the second last with the son of Hernando then forging clear to contain Philip Fenton’s Loudmouth by three lengths. The Hernando-sired Ifyouthinkso is now likely to be offered at some of the sales later this month.
Ross O’Sullivan’s ex-handicap chaser Bishop’s Lane (1/2) continued his upward trajectory by recording his third consecutive start in the open, his initial venture into this company. Bishop’s Lane tracked the frontrunning Cloneen Storm until challenging the pacesetter with three fences remaining. The eventual winner edged ahead for Katie Walsh at the second last and duly maintained the momentum to account for the gallant Cloneen Storm by three lengths.
Tullylease handler Daniel O’Leary struck with the ultra-consistent Mullane’s Bridge (5/4) in the first division of the mares’ maiden. Mullane’s Bridge, placed second on four out of her previous eight starts, made all the running with JT McNamara with the daughter of Scribano asserting from before the last to dismiss Vickeeto by two lengths.
Frontrunning tactics similarly proved successful in the opening confined hunt maiden with John Beamish’s Whispering River (6/1), winner of a similar event at Carrigtwohill over four years earlier, recording a pillar to post success to beat favourite Drivehomeregardles by one and a half lengths in the hands of Pa King.