Ruby Walsh completed a treble in the quickest possible fashion as he took the opening three maiden hurdles at Killarney yesterday.
Shamkhal, who drifted from 11/4 out to 5/1 on-course, was his first winner in the opening Killarney Towers 4yo’s Maiden Hurdle for trainer Tony Martin.
This French import came with his challenge on the outside at the last and stayed on best on the run-in to score by a neck from the 11/4 favourite Bulgaden in second.
Walsh & Martin again team up to win the second, which was the first division of the Ross Golf Club Maiden Hurdle, with the 6/4 favourite Dara Tango.
Another French import, this fellow also came with his challenge on the outside at the last and he stayed on best in on the run-in to record a more comfortable length and a half success over Captain Ocana in second.
The Charlie Swan trained Moyaliff completed the treble for Walsh, 30 minutes later, in the second divide of the aforementioned race.
Sent to post the 11/8 favourite the King’s Theatre gelding hit the front at the third last and kept on well from there to score by a comfortable three and a half lengths from the front running Special Tiara back in second at 8/1.
The feature Grade B Ladbrokes.com Handicap Hurdle was the next race down for decision and it produced an exciting finish with the Eoin Doyle trained Satu just getting the verdict by a head.
After opening at 16/1 in the morning the Mikey Butler ridden gelding was well supported and went to post at just 8/1.
He hit the front at the third last and repelled all challengers from there just getting the better of the Willie Mullins trained 22/1 shot Rattan under Paul Townend.
Winning trainer Eoin Doyle said afterwards: “We got his wind done last year and that seems to have transformed him. The Galway hurdle is an option for him now.”
Top class two miler chaser Realt Dubh was sent off the 4/1 favourite for Noel Meade and Paul Carberry but he put in a very disappointing effort and finished last of the eighteen runners.
In the www.malton.com Chase, Grade 1 hurdle winner Shot From The Hip (7/2) bounced back to his best to score for his trainer Edward O’Grady with Mark Walsh in the saddle.
Regal D’Estruval attempted to make all in the 2m 4f contest but he was caught close home by the winner and went down by a neck at the line.
Edward O’Grady said afterwards that Shot From The Hip may stay on the go now and get an entry in the Galway Plate.
Kilworth trainer Donal Dorgan recorded his first racecourse winner in the 2m 4f Handicap Chase when his Supreme Doc, who is owned by his brother Declan, obliged for favourite backers at the odds of 11/4 under Declan Lavery.
Elsewhere on the card, Cyprusormilan (13/2) ran out a game winner of the 2m 6f Handicap Hurdle for the father and son team of Jimmy and Pat Mangan while the Willie Austin trained newcomer Blacklough battled gamely to take the bumper at 14/1 under Damien Skehan.
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