Liz Doyle’s Kauto Grand Mogol, a half-brother to Kauto Star, certainly shapes as a horse for the future, on the basis of an impressive debut over jumps in the www.limerickraces.ie Maiden Hurdle at Limerick yesterday.
Willie Mullins’ long-absent Uranna, getting a bucket of weight from her rival, was preferred in the market, but it was no contest on the track.
Brian O’Connell asked the winner to lead with a circuit to cover and the six-year-old then produced a fine combination of jumping and staying power.
He bounded up the straight to beat Wexford Bridge by eight lengths, with Uranna a further head away in third.
Commented Doyle: “He has always jumped exceptionally well, was schooled as a three-year-old and I knew that was not an issue.
“I was worried about giving Willie’s 15lbs, but was very impressed at the way he quickened turning in. I will, maybe, step him up to Graded company now.”
Mullins did better earlier when Lucky Bridle outclassed his three rivals to easily land the Christmas Racing Festival 26th-29th December Hurdle.
Paul Townend allowed him stride along from the start and this talented sort never saw any of the opposition to win by 12 lengths.
Said Townend: “He jumped well and went a nice gallop. In front, he had a good look at his hurdles and wasn’t a complete tearaway.”
Philip Fenton’s Ange D’Or Javilex went off favourite for the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle and obliged under Luke Dempsey.
He had been a bit disappointing in bumpers, but this looked much more his game and he was in control for most of the straight.
Fenton’s charge did edge to his left before the last, hampering runner-up, Nimdani, but there were five lengths between them at the line and a stewards’ inquiry was never going to alter the placings.
Said Fenton: “He looks a nice horse, it was a good performance to win first time over hurdles.”
Pencilhimin, trained in Co Kildare by Norman Cassidy, got the best of a tough tussle with Snapchat in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.
The winner was the slower of the pair over the final flight, but pulled out just enough on the flat to prevail by a short head.
“He’s the only horse I have in training,” said Cassidy of Pencilhimin, who is a full brother to War Of Attrition. “He is rated 102 over fences and might go for a chase next.”
The modest The Limerick Racecourse EUR19 Munster Madness Handicap Hurdle saw the Denise Foster-trained Simple Joys pop up at 25-1.
In a contest of fluctuating fortunes, Brian Cawley produced the daughter of Singspiel with a powerful late surge to beat Ebazan.
“It is a surprise, no doubt about it,” reported Foster. “She is very tricky and a hormonal mare.”
The Racing Again On the 26th December Handicap Hurdle was rather moderate as well, but produced a ready winner in Daigreen.
Capably handled by Jody McGarvey, Daigreen edged into the lead coming away from the third last and was always holding Pleased As Punch in the closing stages.
The layers ended their day with a screamer when 20-1 shot, Presenting Mahler, swept down the outside in the straight to beat the well-backed pair, Side Saddle and Table Tips, in the Bumper.
Presenting Mahler is trained by John Ryan and was ridden by his daughter, Gillian.
It was a fifth success for Ms Ryan.
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