A promising sixth behind Western Boy on his debut in a hot Leopardstown maiden at Christmas, the imposing five-year-old son of Flemensfirth, was supported from even money to 4/6, to the virtual exclusion of his rivals, and duly delivered in the hands of Andrew Lynch.
Always close to the pace, he stretched clear between the last two flights before ‘missing’ the last and idling on the run-in. But he had more in hand than his winning margin of two and quarter lengths over 100/1 shot Black Spot On might suggest.
“He’s always worked like a nice horse and had a nice introductory run at Leopardstown in a very good race,” commented de Bromhead. “I was hoping for improvement and he was good today. So I’m delighted with him. He’s a real chaser-in-the-making. He’ll go for a novice hurdle somewhere and looks an exciting horse.”
Thurles-based John Cullen doubled-up on Daryl Deacon’s consistent mare Tudor Fashion in the opener and 33/1 shot Misty Lady, which he trains himself, in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Handicap Hurdle.
Misty Lady’s success was particularly sweet for Cullen as it was his first training success on home soil, having registered his only previous win with Gray Hession in Cartmel in June of 2012. The mare battled well to keep Cailtin Brook at bay by two and a quarter lengths.
Earlier, Tudor Fashion earned her reward for some creditable placed efforts when getting home by a neck from Hell Cat Maggie in the Book Online Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Adrian Heskin matched Cullen’s double thanks to victories on Pairofbrowwneyes for in-form Liz Doyle, which beat Willie Mullins’ Bless N’ject by a neck in the Fairyhouse Membership 2014 Maiden Hurdle, and the Pat Neville-trained Rightville Boy in the €75 Arkle Package On Easter Monday Handicap Hurdle.
Pairofbrowneyes gave Doyle her third win in just three racing days".
Heskin followed-up when Rightville Boy mastered Drive On Locky and Allez Vic in the two-and-a-half mile 80-109 handicap, boosting the prospects of Eddie Cawley’s Day Dream Boy, which beat him at Limerick over Christmas, in the later Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs.
Under a strong ride from Davy Russell, Day Dream Boy justified 11/4 favouritism, having battled tenaciously to hold the consistent but luckless Easy Vic by a short-head before surviving a Stewards Enquiry.
“He’s not flying machine, but he’s tough and I’d love to get a four-mile race for him,” commented winning owner-trainer Cawley. “He might run in the Pertemps Qualifier in Puchestown next. And we'll be thinking about going over fences soon enough because he’s nine.”
Trainer Sean Byrne is considering a crack at the listed mares bumper in Aintree in April for Miss Mardan, owned by the Roscommon-based Snug Bunch Syndicate, following her gutsy victory, under the trainer’s son and namesake, in the concluding mares’ event.
The form horse of the race and 2/1 favourite, she stayed on courageously up the straight to beat Perfect Promise by more than four lengths.
Byrne said: “We’ll look for a mares’ winners race in a few weeks and might think about going to Aintree.”