He landed the Plate off 139, that then went up to 152, and was able to run here off just 119.
The ten-year-old wouldn’t settle for Mark Walsh, who did the right thing and allowed him stride on with well over a circuit to cover.
The winner soon established a big lead and, though coming back to the field all the way up the straight, was still a cosy three parts of a length in front of King Ali at the line.
Trainer, Tom Mullins, said: “He ran free and got a bit tired in the end, but it was nice to use his rating over hurdles. I’m not sure what will be next, he might even get a proper break.”
Terence O’Brien has nursed Ballyadam Brook back to full health and was rewarded when he justified support in the ring from 6-1 to 100-30 in the Killarney Oaks Hotel Beginners Chase.
Given a delightful drive by Davy Condon, he swept through in the straight to grab front-running Cavita Beta on the approach to the last fence.
“He suffered a condylar fracture last April twelve months and has been lame on and off since”, reported O’Brien.
“His owner (Billy Horgan) has had bad luck and oodles of patience. The horse has been sound for the last six weeks and, if staying sound, will go to Listowel.”
Patrick Mullins, riding high at the top of the jockeys’ table, added another to his growing collection when taking the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Hurdle on Primroseandblue.
The winner, travelling left-handed for the first time, didn’t look overly happy on the bends, but did make most of the running.
Lean Times was a big danger all the way up the straight, but Primroseandblue kept finding and held his rival by the minimum margin, a nose.
Said Patrick: “He was hanging right, but jumped straight and is better the other way. It wasn’t ideal (making the running), but there was no pace and he got an easy lead. The way he jumps hurdles, he could make a superb two-mile chaser.”
Mullins completed a double when driving hot-pot Reine Angevine to victory in the Bumper.
She looked in trouble for much of the straight, but buckled down well and was nicely in control from the furlong pole.
Everything Zain was all the rage in the Tote Jackpot three-year-old Hurdle, but proved no match for Hurricane Ridge.
The favourite jumped ahead over the third last, but couldn’t shake off the winner, who was making his debut over jumps.
Hurricane Ridge got to the front between the last two flights and only had to be pushed out by Robbie Power to score by a length.
Champion jockey Davy Russell guided Henry de Bromhead’s House Rules to a clear-cut success in the Kelly Foley and Co Association With Lloyd Accountants Beginners Chase.
The winner travelled and jumped for fun in front and threw a mighty leap at the last to more than seal the deal.
Commented de Bromhead: “I felt he deserved that and Davy gave him a super ride.”
Denis Hogan’s Kalellshan followed his victory over hurdles at Galway with another fine display to land the lakehotel.com Handicap Chase.
He soon settled down in the lead for his trainer-rider and hardly turned a hair to score by 11 lengths.
Said Hogan: “He has so much scope and his jumping was superb. I’ve no real plan, but he’s best at between two and two and a half miles.”