Prince De Beauchene, a former eight-time track winner, once again underlined this accepted maxim by destroying the opposition on his point-to-point debut in the ladies open at yesterday’s Kilmoganny Hunt meeting at Cregg outside Carrick-On-Suir.
Prince De Beauchene, still trained by Willie Mullins but now owned by the handler’s son Patrick, drifted from 4/5 out to 5/4 in face of strong market support for fellow joint-favourite Davy From Milan.
In the race itself, Katie O’Farrell never had an anxious moment aboard the 11-year-old Prince De Beauchene, who finished sixteenth behind Pineau De Re in this year’s Aintree Grand National, for she allowed him to join issue from half-way. The victorious French-bred eased clear of Lord Of Lords from three out and he then had little difficulty in beating the staying-on Davy From Milan by eight lengths. Lord Of Lords, a comparatively lightly-raced seven-year-old, returned a further two lengths adrift in third spot.
Owner Mullins, who partnered Livelovelaugh to victory in the Punchestown bumper, later remarked by phone: “Katie (O’Farrell) said that the horse gave her a great feel and that will have done his confidence the world of good. He will have another run in a point next month and after that, we will hopefully be looking towards the Aintree Foxhunters. ”
Davy From Milan’s handler Eoin Doyle earlier experienced better fortune for he was on the mark with Double Captain (5/1) in an extremely-eventful four-year-old maiden, in which seven out of the 14 starters either fell, unseated or got brought down.
Double Captain, who pulled up on his only previous outing at Dromahane last term, stormed through to lead on the outer with Pat Collins after the second last. The 2013 Goffs Land Rover sale graduate then defeated the promising Far From Defeat by one and a half lengths. Double Captain will now be offered at Friday’s Brightwells sale after racing at Cheltenham.
Pa King was the meeting’s leading rider, the Holycross native partnering two winners. King opened his account aboard John Halley’s grey Dalia Pour Moi (6/4 – 5/4) in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden.
The French-bred Dalia Pour Moi, who was well in command when cruelly falling at the final fence on his hunt racing debut in Glenbane just over two weeks earlier, made virtually all the running and he easily pulled clear from the penultimate of the 16 obstacles to dismiss newcomer Good Man Hughie by three lengths. King brought up his two-timer in totally different circumstances aboard Co Kildare owner/trainer/breeder Louis Hill’s Concert Night (2/1) in the closing six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden, an event that attracted just five starters.
The previously thrice-placed Concert Night only commenced his move from three out and he overtook the sweet-jumping Marjesjoh at the final fence en-route to eclipsing Barry John Foley’s mount by a length.
Glenwood For Ever (7/1) justified the lengthy trek from owner/trainer Martin Cullinane’s Athenry base by landing a competitive winners of two.
An ex-track performer, Glenwood For Ever took up the running travelling best after the second last and he was already in command when throwing a spectacular jump for Rob Geoghegan at the final fence with two and a half lengths separating him from recent Glenbane scorer I Wonder Why.
The latter’s rider Shane O’Rourke still didn’t leave empty-handed for the talented five lb claimer recorded his third success of the campaign aboard north Co Wexford-based operator Lorcan D’Arcy’s Aine’s Double (8/1) in the five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.
Seasonal debutante Aine’s Double, representing D’Arcy’s wife Inga and named after the couple’s three-year-old daughter Aine, took up the running after three out and she asserted between the final two fences to dispose of Alkasteel by three and a half lengths.