Uncle Danny (4/1), who shaped with promise despite pulling up on his debut at Killeagh in January, always took the eye in running with Richie Harding and the son of Catcher In The Rye went to the front after the third last of the 14 obstacles.
Friendly Royal soon threw down a determined challenge and it was only inside the final 100 yards that Dick McGrath’s charge gave best with two and a half lengths separating the pair.
On a bleak afternoon for favourite backers, Not Now Sylvio was beaten from three out and the October Lemonfield runner-up was well out of contention in sixth spot when falling at the final fence.
Queally disclosed of Uncle Danny, a 2012 Derby sale graduate that’s owned by Mrs Niall Flynn from Dungarvan: “This fellow ran very well on his debut in Killeagh, but my horses were just under a little bit of a cloud at the time. He’s a lovely prospect going forward. ”
Friendly Royal’s rider James Hannon didn’t leave empty-handed for he combined with Pat O’Connor to collect the open lightweight with the improving six-year-old Anseanachai Cliste (6/1).
On what was his initial start in open company, this season’s dual scorer Anseanachai Cliste gamely responded to pressure to overtake Oscar Barton as the line approached to oblige by a neck in what was the closest finish of the afternoon with a nine-length gap to the third-placed Loosen My Load.
Ballyduff Upper-based operator O’Connor intimated that his wife Norma’s Anseanachai Cliste will now be aimed at a hunters chase at Cork on Easter Monday – April 21st.
Mikey O’Connor earned plaudits galore for his dashing ride aboard Paddy Day’s Co Wexford challenger Bee Fallon (100/30) in the mares’ winners of two.
The Liscarroll amateur sent Bee Fallon through to lead on the inner after five out and the ex-park performer then made the rest of the running to beat favourite Strange Talk by two lengths. Bee Fallon will now return to track racing with a beginners chase as her first port of call.
Strange Talk’s rider Derek O’Connor came to the rescue of punters by steering Jimmy Mangan’s recent Tallow runner-up Fiddlers Bow (4/6) to a ridiculously-easy success in the closing confined hunt maiden.
The five-year-old Fiddlers Bow, sporting the silks of Mangan’s wife Mary, could be called the most likely winner once easing past long-time leader Another Discovery after the penultimate obstacle and he duly defeated the staying-on Spencer Moon by ten lengths.
Michael Griffin’s Golan Road (8/1) indicated that a bright track career lies in wait by showing an electric turn of foot for Gerry Mangan to oblige in the five-year-old mares’ maiden.
Golan Road, a half-sister to Griffin’s ex-charge Highbrow Blue who won a Ballynoe maiden in a common canter last April, stylishly made her way to the front off the final bend to beat dead-heaters’ Her Story Starts and Cailin Aileann by two lengths in the colours of breeder Seamus Neville. Golan Road will now be prepared for a tilt at a mares’ pointers’ bumper.
JP Berry’s newcomer Spancil Hill (5/1), a graduate of last year’s Goffs Land Rover sale, took up the running with Paul Power after the third last in the four-year-old maiden and the son of Flemensfirth had a length to spare over the only other finisher Is That Marmalade. Spancil Hill, representing Co Wexford-based vet John Roche, is now likely to be sold.