The biggest cheer of the entire session was reserved for the 15-year-old veteran Risk It Paddy (10/1), trained by Patrick Gerard Ryan from Monard, who returned to a rapturous reception following his tenacious success in the four-mile open.
Risk It Paddy, winless since obliging in this same race in 2008 when it was staged over three miles, moved through to challenge favourite Ballyhampshire Man with three fences remaining. The eventual winner, partnered by Ryan’s girlfriend Jane Foley, asserted on the run to the 22nd and final fence to beat Ballyhampshire Man by a neck with a 12-length break to the third-placed Presenting Prince.
The latter’s rider Paul Power however dominated the meeting by partnering three winners and he will have attained immense satisfaction from his success aboard newcomer Enjoy Responsibly (6/1) in the first division of the four-year-old geldings’ maiden for he also trains the winning son of Flemensfirth for his mother Bride. Enjoy Responsibly, who always travelled with purpose, made the best of his way home from two out to beat Princeton Royale.
The Butlerstown amateur then combined with owner/trainer Peter O’Dwyer to collect the third split of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden with Amergin (6/4). The grey-coloured Amergin, placed on his two previous starts, led from before the bypassed third last to dismiss Shantou River by six lengths.
Ex-hurdler Patricktom Boru (5/1) booked his passage for this month’s Doncaster Horses-in-Training sale by crediting Power with his hat-trick in the third division of the six-year-old geldings’ maiden. Patricktom Boru, a rare points winner for Pat Flynn, struck the front at the fourth last and he then survived a penultimate fence blunder to dispose of seasonal debutant Golden Crisp by four lengths.
It was also a red-letter occasion for 19-year-old Tullow amateur Niall Redmond as he partnered his initial career two-timer. Redmond initially combined with his father John to land the first division of the seven and eight-year-old maiden with Moateland (5/1), placed third on his previous two starts at Borrish House and Castletown-Geoghegan.
Moateland was actually providing the elder Redmond with his initial success as an owner/trainer and ssshis talented teenage son then took the second part of this same older maiden aboard the well-supported Templemills (4/1), a very first winner for Athlone-based handler JP Dunne who is a carpenter by trade.
‘Corky’ Carroll was similarly in double form. Kieran Purcell’s Kingswood Bar (3/1), runner-up on his only previous start at this same meeting 12 months ago, completed Carroll’s brace in the first split of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden. The Charleville native was earlier on the mark aboard the impressive She’s Real (5/2), handled by Danny O’Connell, in the five-year-old mares’ maiden.