Deal gets the job done

Deal Done, the best backed horse in the contest, continued the terrific run of Bryan Cooper and Dessie Hughes when landing the Wilderness Chase at Clonmel yesterday.

Taken from 4-1 to 9-4 favourite, the eight-year-old made most of the running, under a fine drive from the talented Cooper.

Gates Of Rome ranged up as a big danger in the straight and challenged strongly going to the last. But he crashed right into the fence and Davy Russell did well to keep the partnership intact.

Sin Palo, who was a major drifter on track, did stay on to some effect to claim second spot, but never threatened to close down Deal Done.

Said Hughes: “At last, that was nice. He’s a good ground horse and that is the secret to him.”

Patrick Mangan had his first winner since losing his claim — it was his first ride as well — when taking the Cahir Mares’ Maiden Hurdle on Carries Darling, trained by his father, Jimmy, and owned by his uncle, Billy.

Carries Darling had disappointed somewhat at Fairyhouse previously, but was in good shape here, powering ahead coming away from the third last to easily beat Miss Palm.

Said Jimmy: “She had a hold-up after Listowel, but we had a clear run for today.

“She will stay hurdling for the season.”

Another who disappointed previously, Charlie Swan’s Sands Cove (at Navan) got back on track when taking the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.

David Casey pushed him ahead off the home turn and Sands Cove was soon in control and crashing into the last made no difference.

“He’s a nice horse, but a bit keen and silly and I would like to get him to switch off a little”, reported Swan.

The well-backed Pat Hughes-trained Speed Dial was a very unlucky loser of the Powerstown Demesne Handicap Hurdle.

He was a couple of lengths to the good rising to the final flight, but crashed at the back of the obstacle, leaving Bill Harney’s Chu Chu Thomas in front to beat morning-price gamble, Tyrone Tiger.

“Bryan (Cooper) said he would have won anyway”, commented Harney. “He was a good horse, but got a leg and will go over fences sooner rather than later.”

Chu Chu Thomas, of course, was initiating a double for Cooper, successful later aboard Deal Done in the feature.

Avondhu Lady, trained by David Fenton at Fermoy, sprang a 20-1 shock when turning over market leader, Our Girl Salley, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Beginners Chase.

The pair had a real set-to from the last, with Avondhu Lady finding plenty for Mark Enright to beat her rival by a neck.

Said Fenton: “I expected her to run well, but didn’t think she’d win. She will now come back here for a Grade 3 and try and get some black type.”

Jane Mangan gave the Pat Shanahan-trained Posiden Sea a superb front-running drive to land the Bumper.

She soon established a clear advantage on the 25-1 chance (paid 54-1 on the Tote) and Posiden Sea was never going to come back to the field.

It was a first National Hunt success for rookie trainer, Shanahan, who indicated that a winners’ bumper would be next for his charge.

The layers also got a decent result in the Memorial Handicap Hurdle with victory going to 16-1 shot, Come To The Party.

Partnered by Shay Barry, he led over two out and was soon clear to beat the flattering Baresi by 11 lengths.

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