Evergreen Willie Mullins ace out On His Own

On His Own claimed a well-deserved return to winning ways with an emphatic success in the Grade 3 Imperial Call Chase yesterday afternoon at Cork.

Evergreen Willie Mullins ace out On His Own

The race reflected the market in the five-horse contest as only the 9-10 favourite and Roi Du Mee ever counted. David Casey was positive aboard the Willie Mullins-trained 11-year-old and, aside from a slow jump at the fifth, after which he conceded the lead temporarily, he controlled matters.

Roi Du Mee tried to draw alongside as they turned for home but, by this stage, Casey had begun to wind up the pace. Former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own jumped well in the straight and readily left his rival toiling, galloping clear to a 15-length victory.

Said Casey: “He was well in at the weights, jumped well in front, kept galloping, and won with plenty in hand. I rode him in work the other day and he seemed in great auld order – the age hasn’t caught up with him yet. There’s plenty of miles left in the tank.

“I don’t know what Willie has in his head for him, but he might be one for the Grand Steeplechase de Paris.”

Mullins completed a quick double when Tennis Cap produced a fluent round of jumping en route to a runaway success in the beginners’ chase, under Danny Mullins. The easy-to-back 5-4 favourite, carrying the colours of local owners Archie and Violet O’Leary, belied his market weakness with a 13-length victory over Rafi De Triana.

The well-supported The Living Beauty ran out a comfortable winner of the opening Mallow Maiden Hurdle for trainer Christy Roche and owner JP McManus. The well-backed 15-8 favourite was given a confident ride from the front by Alan Crowe and, bar getting in tight at the first down the back, jumped extremely well.

There was an upset in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle as Emcon prove too good for odds-on favourite A Hardy Nailer. Prominent throughout, Kevin Sexton asked the winner to quicken up after the third last, and she readily moved clear. The favourite closed to have every chance between the last two, but could not get to Emcon, who won with three lengths to spare. Jockey Eamonn Corbett suffered a fractured femur in a first-hurdle fall from Snaidhm.

The Dermot McLoughlin-trained Westerners Son won for the third time when making most to take the Munster Waste Management Handicap Hurdle under Conor Maxwell.

Misty Lady gave Bunclody-based handler and jockey John Cullen the biggest win of his training career when landing the Easter Handicap Hurdle under Andrew Ring. Ridden prominently, she was sent to the front in the straight and found plenty to reverse recent Naas form with Mrs Mac Veale.

Jockey Davy Condon had to be at his strongest to get the Gordon Elliott-trained Speed Demon home in front in the three-mile Dermot Casey Tree Care Maiden Hurdle. The winner, who had to survive a stewards’ enquiry, swept around the leaders early in the straight but was all out to deny the renewed effort of Bridies Boy by a nose.

Husband and wife team of trainer Ross O’Sullivan and jockey Katie Walsh combined to take the bumper with the imposing Call It Magic. Heavily backed into 11-8 favourite, he was ridden positively and pulled clear in the final furlong to win impressively.

“He was working very well, and won his point to point very well,” said O’Sullivan. “He’s not really a bumper horse – he jumps and gallops. He’s a big raw horse, nearly 17hh, and if he got a summer’s grass you’d think that he be a lovely horse to go jumping with in the autumn.

“We’re only a small yard and to have a horse like him for next season is great.”

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