Dr Patmassini (6/1 – 4/1), a respectable tenth on his comeback effort in a two mile six furlong Wexford hunters chase last month, always travelled with purpose for his by-now regular partner James Joyce and the towering son of Dr Massini moved through to take up the running with four fences remaining.
In truth, there was only going to be one outcome from here in with Dr Patmassini staying on stoutly to defeat Maxine O’Sullivan’s mount Cork Citizen by two lengths.
“This fellow really needs ground nicer than it was here today,” said Towend. “He has had a few problems in the past and he will hopefully now go for the maiden hunters chase at Limerick over Christmas.”
Colman Sweeney, in action for just the second time this autumn, departed with two winners and the Castlelyons amateur got off the mark aboard Liam Burke’s newcomer Mezendore (7/1) in a particularly-eventful first division of the four-year-old geldings’ maiden.
Hes Our Vinnie, trained by Terence O’Brien, still held the call when falling at the second last and this penultimate obstacle also claimed Gamain, who was just over a length adrift at the time. Mezendore, representing Swiss native Hans Joerg Zindel also the owner of Burke’s Grade 3 novice hurdle winner My Murphy, was then left clear to beat Minerfortyniner.
Sweeney will have attained immense satisfaction from his success aboard Corporate Box (6/4 – 5/4) in the closing five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden for the seasonal debutante is trained by his father Rodger.
Corporate Box, owned by Karen Sheehan, vindicated the promise of her three runner-up efforts earlier this year by making virtually all the running and, although blundering two out, she still defeated Shilmore by five lengths to put herself in line for a tilt at a bumper in the new year.
Kilronan High got the afternoon off to the perfect start for punters by readily justifying 6/4 favouritism under her trainer Paul Power in the first division of the four-year-old mares’ maiden. Kilronan High, placed on all four previous starts, led from four out and she duly sauntered home by 12 lengths from newcomer Jumpandtravel in the silks of Power’s mother Bride.
It certainly was a red-letter afternoon for Thurles-based owner/trainer John Quinn for the recent Boulta fourth Maxford Lady (3/1) provided the north Co Tipperary farmer with his very first winner in the second instalment of this same contest. Maxford Lady went to the front with ‘Corky’ Carroll five out and, although headed briefly before the second last, she still dug deep from the final fence to thwart Lily Little Legs by a head in what was the closest finish of the afternoon.
Robert Tyner, otherwise engaged at Cork, struck with newcomer Sir Abbot (4/1) in the second split of the four-year-old geldings’ maiden. Sir Abbot stormed into the lead after the second last to dismiss Island Master by two and a half lengths in the hands of Co Down-based amateur Steven Clements and owner Frank Flynn will now offer the imposing son of Morozov as a wildcard at the Brightwells sale after racing at Cheltenham this coming Friday evening.
Another that’s destined for the sale at the famed Gloucestershire venue is Worthy Award (3/1), trained by the in-form Denis Prendergast for Terry Ryan, who posting a battling performance with Kevin Power to oblige in the 17-runner five-year-old geldings’ maiden.
The recent Ballinaboola second Worthy Award led after a mile and, whilst runner-up The Rebel Call seemed to be travelling best on the run to two out, the winning son of Presenting dug deep to oblige by three lengths.
Anseanachai Cliste (3/1) completed an across the card double for Ballyduff Upper-based handler Pat O’Connor, also on the mark with Sullane Chief at Punchestown, by returning to the coveted number one slot in the confined hunt maiden. Anseanachai Cliste mastered the flattering Battling Spirit from the second last to triumph by a half-length in the colours of his trainer’s wife Norma and by doing so, the winning five-year-old was providing rider James Hannon with an initial winner of the campaign.