English challenger, Baby Shine, was driven into the lead going to the second last by Leighton Aspell, but the winner was almost on terms when the leader took a crashing fall at the final fence.
After that it was easy for Davy Condon’s mount, who stayed on to beat Civena by a length and three parts.
Said O’Brien: “It was my fault she got beaten the last day at Thurles. I thought there would be no pace and told Paul (Townend) to make too much use of her.
“In fairness to Davy he spoke to Paul and we decided to drop in. There might be a nice handicap in her down the line.”
Katie T, trained by Kevin Prendergast, turned over odds-on Urticaire in the Grade 3 Kerry Group EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle.
Urticaire cruised into contention in the straight and was taken to the front over the second last by Patrick Mangan.
She still held the call at the final flight, but Adrian Heskin timed his challenge to perfection and Katie T swept past on the run in to score by half a length.
The veteran Prendergast is almost exclusively a flat trainer and Katie T gave him his first winner over jumps, since Rolling Home at Tramore in 2004, when landing a maiden at Naas last month.
Commented Heskin: “She’s a nippy filly and you won’t see the best of her until getting better ground.”
Once And Always, 15-2 to 11-2, won the www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle for the Charles Byrnes yard.
Partnered by Jody McGarvey, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old eased into the lead going to two out and was soon in charge to beat Some Officer by five lengths
“He ran well enough the last day at Fairyhouse and wasn’t beaten that far, Bryan (Cooper) liked him”, reported Byrnes. “He will tip away in handicaps.”
McGarvey weighed in 1.9lbs overweight and was suspended for one day.
Byrnes completed a double when Domination produced a fine exhibition of jumping to take the Charleville Cheese Beginners Chase in the hands of Davy Russell.
Domination and Ludo Et Emergo were in the air together at the last, but the latter pecked badly at the back of the obstacle, shooting David Splaine out of the saddle.
Said Byrnes: “He schooled at Leopardstown before Cheltenham and was a bit slow early on. He jumped well today and we will probably throw him into a winners’ of one now.”
Edward O’Grady’s French import Kitten Rock was long odds-on for the Greenmount Park Event Centre Hurdle and did the business with lots in hand.
Patrick Mangan allowed him lead five from home and the only moment of worry came when the winner stood miles off the final flight.
“He gave me a great feel and is a good horse”, reported Mangan. “He wasn’t hectic at the last, he would have preferred more company.”
Willie Mullins’ Milsean, ridden by his son, Patrick, ran away with the Bumper to the tune of 25 lengths, after making all.
Said Patrick: “He’s a relentless galloper and we decided on a change of tactics to use his cruising speed.
“He’s 17 hands, wants soft ground and that will dictate whether he runs again this season.”
Trainer, Harry Kelly, enjoyed a welcome turn when Sherika and Sean Flanagan got the best of a dour tussle all the way up the straight with Hillman and Davy Russell in the Adare Heritage Handicap Chase.
A fair old gamble went astray here on the Its The Ice I Like, trained by Robert Tyner for J P McManus. Backed from 6-1 to 5-2 favourite, he never gave supporters any cause for optimism.