Young Finnegan a star in the making

On a night when the legendary Lester Piggott cut the ribbon to officially open the new entrance building at Tipperary racecourse, it was Robert Tyner’s Young Finnegan who stole the show in the Healy Partners’ Architects Maiden Hurdle.

Young Finnegan a star in the making

The strapping gelding created a good impression when winning a bumper at Cork and destroyed this field to score by 12 lengths.

Ruby Walsh allowed the seven-year-old to stride on going to the fifth last and only had to nudge him out up the straight to beat Popmurphy.

Mary Tyner represented her husband and said: “The plan is to give him a break and come back here for Super Sunday (October).’’

Said Walsh: “He’s a grand horse and I’d rather own him than to be looking at him!’’

Only marginally behind Young Finnegan was Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Rio, who made a fine start over fences in the Kedrah House Stud Well Chosen Beginners Chase.

His jumping was superb and the biggest concern was the attentions of a loose horse three out, after Andrew Lynch had asked him to lead over the previous obstacle.

Once that irritation had been safely navigated it was plain sailing, as he eased clear, without having to be posed any sort of question.

Said de Bromhead: “I was so looking forward to this horse over fences, that’s why we went with him now. He will have a break and then come back in the autumn.’’

John Joe Walsh continued his terrific run when Jubilee Year took the Arkenvale Ltd Handicap Hurdle with any amount in hand.

Given a delightful drive by Brian O’Connell, Jubilee Year was cantering all over his rivals a long way from home.

O’Connell eased him ahead shortly after the final flight and was then able to sit motionless, as the winner coasted home a totally unflattering length and a half to the good over Battlemount.

Said Walsh: “I didn’t think he would go on the ground, he’ll make a nice chaser some day.’’

Those who took the short odds on offer about Wrong Turn, in the Kilfeacle Stud Portrait Gallery Handicap Chase, were in for a nasty surprise.

Tony Martin’s charge, following a facile success at Killarney on Sunday, had a theoretical 11lbs in hand, but took a crashing fall at the sixth last when tracking the leaders.

In the meantime the frontrunning Playing soon powered miles clear and headed for two out about 20 lengths to the good.

But, on terrible ground, he was now virtually legless and made no attempt to get to the other side of the fence, leaving 20-1 shot, Popaflora, in for a most fortuitous victory.

Carrigtwohill, Co Cork trainer, Terence O’Brien, enjoyed a one-two in the Glenview And Rathbarry Stud Novice Hunters Chase, with She’s Got Grit and Ibetellingyoualie.

She’s Got Grit jumped for fun and was always getting the best of the battle with her stable companion once pushed ahead at the second last by Richard Harding.

Said O’Brien of the winner: “She’s the most straightforward mare in the world to train and will keep going for the summer.’’

The Mares’ Point-To-Point Bumper saw Rathcormac, Co Cork trainer David Barry enjoy a first success on the track when Ballykeereen scored by 20 lengths.

Eased to the front two furlongs down by Larry Murphy, the daughter of Oscar quickly swept clear.

Barry, in his second season with a licence, reported: “She’s a good mare, it is easy enough to train a good one. She was showing plenty at home and would prefer nicer ground.’’

The Point-To-Point Bumper for geldings looked a decent race, with Willie Mullins’ Unic De Bersy outstaying Timmy Hyde’s Ashford Wood from the furlong pole, the verdict a length and a half.

Winning rider, Patrick Mullins, said: “He loved the ground, is a galloper and wants a trip.”

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