Quickly into his stride, the son of Oasis Dream lengthened on from the two-furlong pole to beat Jim Bolger’s newcomer, Heart Focus, by six and a half lengths.
Rider Joseph O’Brien, said: “He improved plenty for his first run, has lots of pace and a real good attitude.’’
Johnny Lynch, carrying the colours of Charlie McCreevy’s wife, Noeleen, continued the excellent run of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen when making a successful seasonal debut in the Gathering At Tipperary August 22nd Maiden.
The winner and Red Queen emerged as the principals through the last furlong, with Johnny Lynch getting the verdict by a short head.
Said Smullen: “Gelding him and a visor helped and he did well to win from a bad draw.’’
Smullen completed a double, taking his total for the two days to five, when Harry Rogers’ Allegra Tak scampered away with the Join The Tipperary Races Supporters’ Club Handicap.
Produced to lead inside the furlong pole, the seven-year-old eased clear to score by four and three quarter lengths.
Said Rogers: “She’s probably improving with age and might go to Cork now for a conditions race.’’
Sassaway, trained by Eamonn O’Connell at Cullen, Co Tipperary, got off the mark at the 38th attempt when landing the New Look Tipperary Racecourse Handicap.
Having a fourth outing for O’Connell, Sassaway edged ahead over a furlong down, under Fergal Lynch, to beat Cookie Crumbles a snug neck. “We will pick out something for her in a few weeks’’, said O’Connell.
Andrew Lynch guided Henry de Bromhead’s Treacy Hotels Boy to an easy success in the Point-To-Point Evening 16th May Maiden Hurdle.
This was a modest contest, but the winner could only do what was required, going to the front over the second last to beat Popmurphy.
“It’s nice to start the new season with a winner and we might head off straight over fences with him now’’, reported de Bromhead.
Declan Lavery conjured a real turn of foot from Marshim to take the TipperaryRaces.com Handicap Hurdle.
Hidden Diamond flattered between the last two flights, but Marshim winner swept through late to win going away.
Trainer, Walter Power, said: “He’s tough little devil for an 11-year-old. He will have three or four weeks off now and, hopefully, we can knock another one out of him.’’
Lavery, 21, completed a double, taking his career-tally to 25, when Tukawhile ran away with the concluding Follow @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Maiden Hurdle.
He committed the mare a long way from home and she galloped on relentlessly to beat Troll D’Oudairies, Ruby Walsh’s only mount of the evening, by 18 lengths.
Trainer, Sean Aherne, reported: “It depends on the ground as to whether she will go chasing in the autumn.’’