The Dubai Destination-sired Coole Cody (2/1), who finished fifth on his return to action at Templenacarriga last month, took the six runners along until Greyed A went for home after the fifth last of the 14 obstacles.
Coole Cody however made his way back to the front on the approach to the second last and he then forged clear with Declan Queally to dispose of the only other finisher Greyed A by a distance in the colours of long-standing points supporter Bernie Fenton.
Mangan reported of Coole Cody, named after the late John Cody from Fermoy: “I think a lot of this horse.
"He’s a horse for good ground and he definitely has a bright future.”
It can be argued that Queally was somewhat unfortunatenot to partner two winners as his mount Robyn Belle, trained by Pat Crowley, still held an advantage of over a length when falling at the final fence on her seasonal debut in the five and six-year-old mares’ maiden.
The pursuing Marienstar (5/1), an excellent third on her penultimate start at Killeagh last month, was then left clear with 21-year-old Johnny Hurley to beat favourite Kerrie Girl by five lengths.
Marienstar’s owner/trainer/breeder Jerry O’Keeffe, one of the mainstays of the Lismore point-to-point committee, revealed that his previous success came with Victoria Hill in a Thurles bumper in January 2014.
Ciaran Fennessy partnered two winners and he opened his account aboard Quarry Rua (evens) in the winners of two.
Quarry Rua, trained by former Cork All-Ireland winning footballer Paul O’Flynn, led from after the sixth fence and he duly finished alone as his closest pursuer Hard Station was pulled up when lying a remote second before the third last fence.
O’Flynn may now aim his father Tom’s seven-year-old Quarry Rua at the point-to-point bumper in Gowran Park on Saturday March 5th.
The James Sheehan-trained Hurricane Ben (5/2 – 5/4) completed Fennessy’s brace by sluicing home in the closing six-year-old and upwards geldings’ maiden, much to the chagrin of the 14 bookmakers present.
Hurricane Ben stepped up from his second-placed effort in an extremely-competitive Templenacarriga contest last month by easing to the front on the approach to the final fence to provide Galwegian owner Eric Callanan with an initial success.
A hunters chase campaign is now probable for the clearly-progressive Hurricane Ben.
Pat Healy’s recent Ballyvodock scorer Ches Calls Time (3/1) recorded a bloodless success in the five-runner open.
Ches Calls Time always took the eye in fourth spot as Sizing Australia, Golden Crisp and Vitoria Hill vied for supremacy up front. The winning 11-year-old went to the head of affairs after the third last and he stormed clear between the final two fences to defeat former Cheltenham festival winner Sizing Australia by an unchallenged six lengths in the hands of Dinny Spillane. Ches Calls Time, homebred by owner/trainer Healy’s wife Grainne, is now likely to contest a hunters chase at Cork over the Easter period.
Owner/trainer/rider Turlough O’Connor from Newmarket partnered his tenth points winner aboard Harry The Lemmon (4/1) in the novice riders adjacent hunts maiden.
Harry The Lemmon, an ex-British-trained chaser that O’Connor acquired at the Doncaster sales last September, dug deep from the last to overtake long-time leader Pops Choice inside the final 50 yards en-route to scoring by two lengths.
1) G J O’Keeffe’s M
b m (Marienbard – Starofdonickmore) 5-11-5 Mr J Hurley
2) South Syndicate’s
5-11-5 Mr M C O’Donovan
3) D Mossop’s
(GB) 5-11-10 Mr P D Collins
10 ran. 5L, 9L. Only 3 Horses Finished. (Winner trained by Gerard J O’Keeffe)
1) J B Fenton’s
b g (Dubai Destination – Run For Cover) 12-1 Mr D L Queally
2) Mrs B Power’s
12-1 Mr P Power
6 ran. Dist. Only 2 Horses Finished. (Winner trained by JJ Mangan)
1) T O’Connor’s
b g (Milan – Na Habair Tada) 10-12-1 Mr T O’Connor
2) Mrs S Crowley’s
7-11-10 Mr W T Cronin
3) T O’Flynn’s
6-12-1 Mr J J O’Connor
11 ran. 2L, 9L, 2L. (Winner trained by Turlough O’Connor)
1) P J Healy’s
ch g (Salford Express – Tropical Times) 11-12-1 Mr D M Spillane
2) Mrs B Power’s
14-11-10 Miss J M Cook
3) The Pot Of Gold Syndicate’s Golden Crisp 9-12-1 Mr J C Barry
5 ran. 6L, 15L, 4L. (Winner trained by P J Healy)
1) T O’Flynn’s
ch g (Croco Rouge – Adeline’s Pearl) 7-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
3 ran. Winners Finished Alone. (Winner trained by Paul O’Flynn)
1) E Callanan’s
br g (Beneficial – Atagirl) 7-12-1 Mr C W Fennessy
2) J O’Shea’s
6-12-1 Mr E P O’Brien
3 E M O’Sullivan’s
7-11-10 Mr E M O’Sullivan
6 ran. 6L, 6L. Only 3 Horses Finished. (Winner trained by James G Sheehan)