Better ground does trick for Balzac Turgot

Henry de Bromhead’s horses always seem to appreciate nice ground and the County Waterford handler saddled a double at Limerick.

Better ground does trick for Balzac Turgot

He took the opening Best Price Guaranteed On All Irish Races Maiden Hurdle with a nice prospect in Balzac Turgot.

The five-year-old had been well beaten in a bumper but along with Jeremy Noseda’s former inmate Wakea they pulled a long way clear.

Bryan Cooper always looked to just be holding the upper hand and the 9-1 shot prevailed by three-quarters of a length.

“The better ground was important to him as it suits him much more,” said De Bromhead.

“He always worked like a nice horse and while he is gorgeous looking, he is big and only a frame yet.

“I’ll talk with Eddie and Michael (O’Leary, Gigginstown House Stud) and see what they want to do after today.”

De Bromhead later employed Davy Russell to ride Deans Road (11-10 favourite) in the Bet & Watch Irish And UK Racing Live Beginners Chase.

The seven-year-old made all and was a comfortable winner, looking like the type who could rack up a sequence in the summer.

He was another to appreciate the better ground, and the trainer said: “That was nice, I am delighted with him. He jumped a little out to his left throughout. We will look at some novice chases for him now, there is one at Kilbeggan and a couple at Killarney.”

Billy’s Hope (9-10) was another winning favourite in the Bet 5 Euro Get 20 Euros In Free Bets Mares Maiden Hurdle for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power.

Power kicked into a lead approaching the second-last flight and while West Bridge gave chase, it was only in vain as on crossing the line there was six and a half lengths between them.

Power said: “I said to the lads who own her that she’d be a better mare on better ground and she would even want better ground again - it’s a bit dead for her. The drop in class and the better ground were the key today.”

The Mulcare Rover (5-1) got John Joe Walsh off the mark for the new campaign when winning the For All GAA Championship Betting Handicap Hurdle.

Walsh, who enjoyed a great time of things last season, saddling 23 winners, came up with a new plan along with jockey Brian O’Connell.

He felt The Mulcare Rover did not enjoy being crowded last time so decided to drop him out in the rear and it worked a treat.

He was disputing the lead on entering the straight and despite making a little error at the last, he had already put enough distance between himself and his pursuers to seal the deal.

It was another three and a quarter lengths back to Little Mitch in second.

“He never settled in the bunch the last day so we decided to give him daylight today at the back of the field and it worked,” said Walsh.

“He stays and jumps well and goes on good ground. He wasn’t busy during the winter and will be kept on the go now.”

Grand National-winning rider David Mullins was on the scoresheet in the European Breeders Fund Mares Chase on board Who’s That. Riding the 9-1 chance for Liam Cusack they looked up against it on paper as Definite Ruby was an odd-son favourite.

But Gordon Elliott’s mare had no answer as Mullins brought his mount through with a sustained challenge to win by half a length.

“it was such a good prize, we had to go for it and these races (for mares) have to be supported. I breed a few myself and have had nothing but fillies but there’s a good programme for them,” said Cusack.

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