A beaten favourite on Friday night, Quarton made amends when justifying 7/4 favouritism in the Seamus Mulvaney Crockafotha Handicap Hurdle, coming from off the pace to lead after the second last flight before shooting clear and surviving an untidy leap at the last to score, readily, by five lengths.
Quarton is trained by Gordon Elliott, who explained: “His owner Tony Cromwell only lives a quarter of a mile away. So Bellewstown was always the plan. I thought he’d win on both days, but it didn’t work out on Friday. He won well today, which was grand. He might win another and he jumps fences well.”
Carberry followed-up when Aranhill Chief, trained by local man Steve Mahon, who is now based in County Galway, completed back-to-back wins in the Panda Hurdle.
The seven-year-old was ridden prominently by the former champion and held the late surge of the Elliott-trained Clara McCloud by a head, with Shield third. Davy Condon (two days) and Robbie Power (one day) picked-up whip bans for their respective rides on the placed horses. “It’s great to win here — I wouldn’t be in racing if it wasn’t for Bellewstown,” stated a delighted Mahon, “This horse loves fast ground and he disappointed us in Ballinrobe the last day, when the ground was dead. He’ll probably go back chasing and he’ll be a Galway Plate horse, maybe next year.”
Two trainers completed across-the-card doubles, at Bellewstown and Limerick. John Kiely, successful with On The Way Out at the southern venue, also won the opening Glebe House Stud Maiden Hurdle at the County Meath venue with the J P McManus-owned odds-on favourite The Parishioner, which had to dig deep to master Killiney Court on the run-in.
“He made heavy enough weather of it, but probably needs further,” was how Frank Berry summed-up the display. “He improved from his run in Kilbeggan and will go for a little handicap now.”
Champion trainer Willie Mullins, whose Primroseandblue triumphed in Limerick, won Bellewstown’s bumper with odds-on favourite Totally Dominant, ridden by Patrick who, along with cousin Emmet (success on Primroseadblue) is heading to Pamplona this morning for the famous Bull Run.
Patrick commented, after Totally Dominant’s emphatic win: “I kept it simple and he did what he had to do. But that’s him — he only does enough. He’s bred for this ground and I’d say he’ll go to Galway, either for the winners’ bumper or the mile-and-a-half maiden.”
Unlucky in a beginners chase in Down Royal last time, Jarob, locally trained by Andy Lynch, made amends when landing the three-mile Indaver Maiden Hurdle at the expense of Rough Justice. Ridden by Robbie Colgan, the 12/1 shot challenged at the second last before asserting. The winning trainer enthused: “He loves that fast ground and is a born chaser, but I thought he might pick up a maiden hurdle before he goes back over fences — probably in Galway.”
Also bound for Galway, probably for a beginners chase, is John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s Abolitionist, convincing winner of the Bellewstown Golf Course Handicap Hurdle under a confident ride by Sean McDermott.
In the divisions of the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, Flan Costello’s Diamondgeezer Luke (Andrew Ring) built on a recent win in Ballinrobe, after Willie Austin’s mare Routes Delight (33/1) was a shock and welcome winner for David Splaine.