Long odds-on punters get fingers badly burned on Tempo Du Camp

The Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle at Limerick yesterday didn’t half capture the imagination.

Willie Mullins’ French-import Tempo Du Camp, returning from an absence of 942 days, went off a 1-5 shot, with in excess of €1m matched on the contest on Betfair.

Davy Russell was in the plate and did not enjoy the experience. Tempo Du Camp made little effort to get across the first flight and the pilot did well to stay in the saddle.

But the hot-pot made no mistake at the second. He absolutely ballooned the obstacle with Russell, who had no chance, flying through the air.

Said Russell: “He broke his knee and nearly broke my neck.” Thankfully, Russell was relatively unscathed, but it was the end for Tempo Du Camp.

Victory went to Ruby Walsh on Tony Martin’s Living Next Door, who got the better of a dour tussle with Caballo De Marcus by a head.

Said Martin: “He wants a trip and soft ground and can only improve.”

Mullins’ Sarabad is proving very costly to follow and again disappointed when failing to get to grips with Tim Doyle’s Courageous Cry in the Follow LRC On Facebook Maiden Hurdle. Partnered with patience by Ruby Walsh, Sarabad arrived with every chance in the straight, but Courageous Cry shot on before the last to score with plenty in hand for Martin Burke.

Commented Doyle: “He fell here the last day at the second last when he would have been thereabouts. He’s flat bred, but stays well and will go for a winners of one.”

Barry Cash, who partnered third placed Back Off Mate, was found guilty of careless riding and suspended for two days.

It finally came right for Mullins when the easy to back Suntiep arrived late and fast to deny the flattering Why Ask Me in the Bumper. The son of Ungaro was originally owned by Mullins’ wife, Jackie, but sold on Tuesday morning to Jim Ennis.

“This horse is a staying chaser in the making, but has a lot to learn”, remarked Mullins.

The long road back to Tyrone will have been greatly shortened for Mervyn Torrens, after his Liszt landed the Limerick Racecourse Handicap Hurdle. The grey son of Galileo, a former Ballydoyle inmate, took no prisoners, setting a scorching pace. Michael Darcy’s tactics were spot-on and, despite getting in tight to the last, the winner crossed the line comfortably clear of Thepartysover.

“He was overdue that win”, said Torrens. “He seems to like flat tracks and could come back here at Christmas.”

The fourth horse, Beckwith Star, was disqualified after Andrew Lynch weighed in over 4lbs light.

It subsequently transpired that Beckwith Star’s trainer, Henry de Bromhead, had left off a lead bag by mistake and he was fined €200.00.

Eamonn Gallagher, who is in his second season training and based at Conna, Co Cork, had his first winner when Backinthere overcame an absence of 541 days in the Munster Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

Produced by Adrian Heskin to sweep ahead going to two out, she kept going well to resist the late effort of Milestone Miss by half a length.

Reported Gallagher: “I have just three horses, two for point-to-points and this mare. It’s hard to get horses, but I’d take plenty more. She will probably go chasing now.”

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