Patmassini shows liking for fast conditions

On an extremely busy point-to-point weekend, there were nine races at yesterday’s Muskerry Foxhounds meeting at Dromahane and the well-supported Dr Patmassini showed his appreciation for the fast underfoot surface by readily putting his rivals to the sword in the winners of one.

Dr Patmassini (6/1 – 4/1), owned and trained by Tim Townend, led or disputed the running with Donpierre until edging into a couple of lengths advantage from the fifth of the 14 obstacles. It was plainly apparent that the winning nine-year-old was possessing too many aces for his rivals from three out and he duly sauntered home by three lengths from Paddocks Lounge, a margin that could have been greater had winning rider James Joyce from Peafield so wished.

“We’ll have to see how he is in the morning, but he has always been a half-decent horse and maybe we could now go for another hunters chase,” reported Townend.

There were doubles for riders Paul Power, Gerry Mangan and Mikey O’Connor.

Both of Power’s winners were supplied by his long-standing ally Vincent Halley with the duo initially combining to collect the open lightweight with Boxing Along (6/4), who was atoning for his second-placed effort here behind Preists Leap here two weeks earlier. Boxing Along, who beat Klassy and Sire Frederick in a gripping three-way finish, will now be left off for the remainder of the season.

Power then landed the first division of the six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden aboard grey-coloured newcomer Dusty Miller (4/1), a 2011 Derby sale graduate that similarly sports the silks of Kilmacthomas-based Halley’s father Lar.

Gerry Mangan got off the mark by steering the recent Lisronagh third Loch Ard Lady (7/2), an own-sister to her handler Tom Cooper’s former dual hurdle winner The Shepherd King, to an emphatic frontrunning success in the four-year-old mares maiden. Mangan then joined forces with Ken Budds to collect the first division of the six-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden with the Tim Beecher-owned Oonagh K (7/1), who stormed clear from two out to dismiss Windy Roe.

In the second division of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden, Mikey O’Connor barely had to strain a sinew aboard Forget And Forgive (7/4) who fully vindicated handler John O’Shaughnessy’s bold decision to turn him out again following his second-placed effort here last Sunday by coasting home from Vanguard. The former southern regional champion then returned to the coveted number one slot aboard Brian Hassett’s Bendala Bleu (2/1 – 6/4) in the second division of the older horses maiden, but not before the winning British-bred gave his supporters a near coronary by veering alarmingly out to the right as the line approached.

Louis Archdeacon’s Rocky Island (4/1 – 3/1) stepped up from his most-recent sixth-placed effort behind Area Access at Ballynoe by gamely pulling out all the stops with Declan Queally to deny Young QC in the first division of the five-year-old geldings’ maiden.

Eileen Cotter from Newtownshandrum meanwhile was credited with her initial success as an owner/trainer when ex-hurdler Samatha Jones (2/1 – 6/4), whom her husband Peter rides out every day, turned the second division of the mares maiden into a complete procession under Richie Harding.

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