Hourigan is hoping his progressive six-year-old with get into the Galway Hurdle, but that is far from certain, as he is a long way down the list on just 10-0.
Run With The Wind was a strong order in the market, finding 15-8 from 5-2, and the issue was never in doubt in the straight.
Adrian Heskin allowed him to join Top Madam over the third last and then the winner quickly forged on. Thomas Edison, whose jumping was less than convincing, soon tried to mount a challenge, but was well held and there were over three lengths between them at the line.
Commented Hourigan: “The plan is the Galway Hurdle, but failing that he can go for a winners of two, or else the GPT on the flat.”
Clara More, in the colours of former Cork senior footballer Willie O’Leary from Millstreet, followed up his recent success at Cork by landing the Dawn 1% Lite Milk Handicap Hurdle.
Trained near Cork racecourse by Eoghan O’Grady, he was completing a double for Heskin. Clara More stumbled at the back of the second last, but picked up in fine style and was always holding The Pott Reidy, the verdict half a length.
Said O’Grady: “He will head for another handicap, either at Galway or Cork, and go back over fences before too long.”
Noel Meade’s Smithfield was best for money in the Corcoran’s Furniture And Carpets Maiden and duly obliged under a strong Emmet McNamara drive. He made most of the running, finding loads for pressure in the straight to shake off the persistent challenge of Silver Chief.
Smithfield was nicely in control through the final furlong, as Tony Martin’s Ted Veale, having a first outing since the Punchestown festival in April, stayed on really well to claim second spot.
Pat Flynn was especially pleased after Big Bad Billy Bob had taken the Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap. Explained Flynn: “Paddy (Hayes, owner) bought the horse the other morning over a cup of tea.”
Partnered by Ronan Whelan, who continues to impress, Big Bad Billy Bob swept through to lead over a furlong out to easily beat Fit The Cove.
Said Flynn: “It has taken him time to get his head in front, but the fast pace suited. If getting into a race at Galway then he would go there.”
Claiming rider Kevin Sexton put up 2lbs overweight on Jessica Harrington’s Citizenship, in the Europe Hotel And Resort Handicap, but it proved of no consequence.
The six-year-old won in the proverbial canter and, you’d imagine, will be the subject to a fair old hike in the ratings in the future.
Sexton produced him to lead with less than two furlongs to run and Citizenship lengthened away to score by four and three quarter lengths.
Kate Harrington represented her mother and said: “At the moment he won’t get into the Galway Hurdle, but if getting a big enough rise in the weights could run in the GPT Handicap.”
For Sexton it was a third winner and the 17-year-old comes from Nurney, Co Kildare.
The layers enjoyed a screamer in the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle with victory going to be one of the total outsiders, 25-1 shot Keep It Cool.
There was no fluke about it, however, with Ken Condon’s Spinning World gelding winning with plenty in hand. Eddie O’Connell was aboard and once he eased the bottom weight ahead two out the race ended as a contest.
lPaul Carberry is likely to miss the Galway festival later this month afterdislocating a shoulder when his mount, Chino Valdes, fell at the third last in the Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle Carberry was removed to hospital in Tralee.
Meanwhile, the stewards found Declan Queally, who partnered Cloudy Morning, guilty of improper riding in the Bumper and he was suspended for 14 days.
The race was won by the Tony Mullins-trained 3/1 favourite Union Dues.