Willie Mullins took his score for the truncated Tramore festival to six when Sweet My Lord made an excellent start over fences in the Beginners Chase yesterday.
He jumped quite beautifully for David Casey, as the combination tracked the trail-blazing Lord Ben and Davy Russell.
Lord Ben was still travelling strongly heading to the second last, as the winner ranged up to challenge.
There wasn’t much between them rising to the obstacle, but Lord Ben got it all wrong and it was easy for Sweet My Lord after that.
“He jumped very well and will probably now go for a winners’ race at Killarney or Listowel”, commented Mullins.
“I’m going home now”, quipped Adrienne Foley, after she had partnered in-form Great Oak to victory in the opening Harney’s Of Dunhill Ladies Maiden.
Dare To Doubt was all the rage in the ring, 4-6 to 8-15, but again disappointed. She settled down in front, but gave up quickly once headed by the winner off the home turn.
Owner-trainer, John Nicholson, said of Great Oak: “I ride her out myself every day and knew yesterday morning she was in good order.
“She will now go for a conditions chase at Galway and then it will be on to Listowel.”
The Tom Hogan-trained Quench The Flame landed a little tickle in the Like Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Handicap, 9-2 to 11-4.
Ben Curtis was in the plate and he powered the winner into what looked to be a decisive advantage early in the straight.
Dusty Trail was, however, soon closing the leader down but Quench The Flame picked up again and was comfortably clear at the line.
“It’s nice to have a winner for a very patient owner (Herb Stanley)”, remarked Hogan. “He’s had his problems and probably handled the ground that bit better than the others.”
The seven-year-old is in at Gowran Park today and Hogan will decide this morning whether to attempt a quick double.
Curtis was on the mark again when partnering Tommy Carmody’s Hartside to an easy success in the August Festival Centenary Handicap.
The Montjeu gelding cruised ahead approaching the home turn and then forged clear to beat long-timer leader, Porterman.
“He’s a horse who jumps great and should have a future at that game”, reported in-form Carmody.
Spider Zagato, beaten a long way when fourth on his debut behind Chamonix at Killarney, found a bit of improvement to win the BBQ Evening At Tramore Races Maiden.
John Oxx’s Zalantoun was easily best in the weights, but proved very uneasy in the ring and the market got it right.
He tried to make all, but the winner showed much the greater resolution and was nicely in control through the final furlong for Wayne Lordan.
Glenstar, the outsider of the three runners, won the Tom Murphy Car Sales-Mercedes Benz Chase. The victory owed much to Davy Russell, who was allowed to completely dictate from the front on the winner.
Trainer, John Ryan, said: “He’s only in seven weeks. I could never get him right last season, but think he’s a proper horse.”
The W And T Supporters’ Club Handicap Chase saw Agus A Vic redeem the promise of his recent second at the Galway festival.
Pat Martin’s charge is now an 11-year-old, but retains plenty of enthusiasm, forging away from two for Andrew Thornton to beat the running-on Fever Pitch.
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