Rory O’Moore, a real family horse, ran his rivals ragged to land the featured Ticket Sales Online Handicap Hurdle at Cork yesterday.
Trained in Kilkenny by Ronnie O’Neill, he was ridden by his son John and is owned and was bred by his daughter Debbie.
The Stowaway gelding is a real mudlark and conditions clearly played to his strengths as he set a relentless gallop.
The gamble of the contest, Gordon Elliott’s Roll It Out, tried to close in the straight, but the winner was not for catching, crossing the line a comfortable length and a half to the good.
Said O’Neill senior: “That was nice to win, it was his first run back and we were worried about his fitness.
“Johnny was very good on him, he is not an easy horse to ride. I don’t see why he won’t jump a fence and may start off after Christmas.”
Willie Mullins’ French recruit Sempre Medici went off at 1-4 in the www.racinghomeforeaster.com Maiden Hurdle and hardly broke sweat on his way to scoring for Paul Townend.
His jumping, however, was especially sloppy and he certainly has a lot to learn in that department.
That said, though, he had no trouble leading two out, was soon in total control, but again got it all wrong at the last.
Said Townend: “There is plenty of room for improvement in his jumping, but that will come in time.”
Townend and Mullins completed a short priced double when the impressive Black Hercules produced a decent effort to make a winning debut over jumps in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.
He made virtually all of the running, jumped well in the main and had this in safe keeping when awkward at the final flight.
Said Townend: “His jumping was a bit big at times, but he’s a proper horse. He was clumsy at the last, but that was my fault.”
Mullins ran two in the Bumper and one of them, Captain Carol, jinked after six furlongs and unshipped the trainer’s nephew, David.
The well-backed Montys Meadow was left in front, but had no answer to the other Mullins inmate, Rio Treasure, who quickened clear in the straight to score by nine lengths.
Rio Treasure was capably handled by 17-year-old Aubrey McMahon and carried the colours of his grandmother, Madeline.
“She was good today and has loads of gears,” reported the teenager.
Robert Tyner continued his good run when Who Let De Dogsout took the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Beginners Chase.
This was an eventful contest, with the longtime leader, Benrouge, still apparently full of running when falling three from home.
It was then a match rising to the final fence, but the challenging Once And Always was none too clever and unshipped Brian O’Connell.
Said Tyner: “She was ready to run a month ago, but we were waiting on the ground.”
Is Herself About, partnered by John Cullen, was a very lucky winner of the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.
She held a long lead for much of the journey, but blundered two out and was headed and by Snapchat heading to the last.
Snapchat, however, as at Thurles two runs back, crashed at the final flight, this time it was fatal, sending Katie O’Farrell tumbling to the turf. O’Farrell, luckily, escaped relatively unscathed.
Alan Crowe enjoyed a welcome turn when Sitcom popped up at 10-1 in the seven-runner Christmas Party Raceday December 7th Handicap Chase.
Trained by Christy Roche for JP McManus, the winner edged on before the penultimate obstacle and was soon powering away to beat Rafi De Triana by five lengths.
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