Tornedo Shay wins AON Hurdle at Punchestown

Tornedo Shay relished a step up in trip to comfortably take the AON Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon.

Tornedo Shay relished a step up in trip to comfortably take the AON Hurdle at Punchestown this afternoon.

Thomond O'Mara's charge had not disgraced himself in Grade Two company on his three previous starts, yet was sent off at 16-1.

He travelled sweetly for Phillip Enright, who sent him into the lead after the second-last, and he kept on strongly to beat Son Amix by four lengths.

The Nicky Henderson-trained 6-4 favourite Prince Of Pirates was never able to strike a blow and was well held.

"It was his first time over two and a half miles. We needed to go that far to get his jumping his order," said O'Mara.

"The Galway Hurdle is at the back of my mind, with the ground being better, and we'll probably go for a Flat campaign with him now."

Tony McCoy kept up his winner-a-day ratio at the Festival when striking on the JP McManus-owned Dr Whizz in the Kildare Post Handicap Chase.

Taking the lead from the pacesetting Echo Bob at the second-last, the Tom Mullins-trained 7-2 joint-favourite pulled away to win by nine lengths from Coscorrig.

"He's done it nicely in that class. He was a bit unlucky at Gowran when he fell. The fences are there to be jumped and he missed out on one," said McManus.

"Tom and his staff had him looking great and thankfully he delivered."

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