All Hell Let Loose, owned by Gigginstown House Stud and having his first run since joining Henry de Bromhead, proved the star of yesterday’s action in Kilbeggan as he cruised to an impressive, eight lengths win over longshot This Time in the Mullingar.ie Beginners Chase.
The 4/5 favourite made virtually all under Davy Russell to win, unchallenged, to the delight of his trainer.
“He only joined us recently and we’re lucky to get such good horses to train. He jumped great and I’m delighted with him.
“He’s a really nice horse and Davy was very professional on him – he told me that he wouldn’t be keen to drop back in trip with him.
“The ground is important to him – he’s a good ground horse.
“I’ll talk to Michael and Eddie (O’Leary) about plans – I have Galway in mind for him.”
Danny Mullins brought the Paddy Meany-trained Fu’s Island from well off the pace (only sixth on the approach to the straight) to beat Western Home and the flattering Jaime Sommers emphatically in the Bloomfield House Hotel Mares Hurdle.
And he took particular satisfaction from his success.
“I’ve been waiting two years to ride a winner here, so I’d have ridden a winner at all twenty-six tracks in the country. So this is a bit special for me,”
“I knew they were going way too quick up front and things were getting hot a bit soon.
“So I deliberately sat back and took my time. It’s a longer run home than everybody thinks here.”
Gordon Elliott savoured the clear-cut victory of the Luke Dempsey-ridden Buonarotti Boy in the Athlone Handicap Hurdle, explaining: “He’s owned by the Barstool Prophets Syndicate, which included my father, mother and uncle – they owned my first winner in Ireland - Toran Road (at Kilbeggan back in May 2007) and have been with me ever since. This horse is a half-brother to Authorized and he’ll mix it for the summer, flat and hurdles.”
In-form Rachael Blackmore registered her twentieth career success and, in doing so, had her claim reduced from 7lb. to 5lb. when partnering odds-on favourite Supreme Vinnie to a convincing, twelve lengths victory in the opening Martinstown Opportunity Maiden.
Supreme Vinnie is trained in Conna, County Cork by Denis O’Shea, who stated: “This horse is very special to me – he was the first horse I got and my first winner.
It’s just a pity that his breeder Padraig O’Donovan, one of the syndicate, passed away two months ago. The other three lads have kept the syndicate going. He’s a horse with a lot of ability that has been unlucky a few times.”
Kilbeggan specialist Down Under, trained by Francis Flood, completed a double for owner J P McManus when recording his third win over course and distance in the featured Streamstown Handicap Chase.
Altiepix and Knockanarrigan set a strong pace and were clear of the remainder for most of the journey. But Mark Walsh timed his run to perfection, arriving to lead at the last and stretching clear to triumph by nine and a half lengths.
“He’s been some servant,” declared Fran Flood. “He loves this place and a good gallop. The Midlands National (back at Kilbeggan on July 15) is an obvious target for him now.”
A pair of Niall Maddens, the father and son combination of trainer ‘Boots’ and jockey ‘Slippers’, were on the mark earlier when top-weight Whatever It Takes, lucky to escape the fallen favourite The Informer at the fourth last, came from behind to deny Denis O’Shea and Rachael Blackmore a double with Oisin James.
“He has the world of ability, but has his own way of doing things,” admitted the winning trainer.
“The handicapper gave us a chance and I was hoping he’d run well. It’s great to be training for J P (McManus) and this fellow has been a good old money-spinner for us. He might go back on the flat now and we’ll mix it for the summer.”
The meeting ended on a familiar note as 4/6 favourite Are You Bidding landed the bumper for Willie and Patrick Mullins, digging deep in the straight to see off Moonlit Theatre by a length and a half.
Patrick summed up the race: “He’s a full-brother to (the ill-fated) No More Heroes but has a different physique.
“He’s a stayer and I probably didn’t make enough use of him. He’s a real summer horse.”
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