A faller in her two most recent excursions over fences, the Willie Mullins-trained mare survived a number of mistakes before seeing off Caheronaun by nine and a half lengths, providing Emmet Mullins with a winning spare ride as he deputies for Declan Lavery, who sustained a hip injury in a fall from Gates Of Rome in Kilbeggan on Friday.
Patrick Mullins, representing his father (in Auteuil), paid tribute to his cousin’s work with the mare. “Emmet deserves a lot of the credit for today’s win. She fell twice with Ruby, but Emmet gets on well with her and they did the business today.
“She’s a dinger of a mare and will probably keep going in mares races for the summer, and I wouldn’t be surprises if she runs on the flat too.”
Local trainer Michael Hourigan and Adrian Heskin doubled-up with Tropical Three in the opening Follow Us On Twitter Mares Maiden Hurdle and chasing debutant Whats Happening in the Supermacs Dooradoyle Beginners Chase.
Always prominent, the slick-jumping 4/6 shot Tropical Three had to work hard to see off Good As Gold by two lengths in the opener. Hourigan explained: “She’ll go on her holidays tomorrow, for a month or five weeks. We might bring her back for Listowel. She’s from a family that has been very good to me and she’ll stay hurdling for the season.”
Heskin reported “he struggled in the ground and made hard work of it” after Whats Happening got the better of front-running Lough Roe Lady in the beginners chase. Hourigan commented: “He could do no more than win, but that’s not his ground. We’ll keep him going for the summer.”
A summer break is planned for Hillman, which continued John Joe Walsh’s rich vein of form by justifying favouritism in the Cul Camps Limerick Handicap Chase.
Ridden by Brian O’Connell. he defeated Count Salazar, prompting Walsh to explain: “We only have him since early in the spring and he has been very consistent. He has won three for us and you can’t ask for much more than that. He deserved a break.”
Jane Mangan recorded her second win in 24 hours when the Robert Tyner-trained former point- to-pointer Tooreen made a successful racecourse debut in the bumper. The daughter of Gold Well will go straight for a maiden hurdle, but not on firm ground.
On the mark with Maccas Lad in Kilbeggan on Friday, Oliver Brady and 7lb. claimer Ryan Treacy were back in the winner’s enclosure after Slievegullion Girl captured the Limerick GAA Handicap Hurdle.
The Andrew Leigh-ridden Blazing Sonnet won the Join The Tote Go Racing Club Handicap Hurdle (despite a last-flight mistake) for trainer Willie Austin who hopes to win another handicap hurdle with the mare before sending her chasing later in the year.