Three from three for Ruby since comeback

Ruby Walsh retained his unbeaten record since his lengthy absence when partnering Old Castletown to an all-the-way win in the opening maiden hurdle in Tramore yesterday.

Walsh triumphed on his comeback ride, Indevan, in Tipperary on Sunday, followed-up on Morning Run at the same track on Tuesday and made it three from three here on the hooded five-year-old, which his father Ted trains for Mrs Denise Walsh.

Dropping in trip, Old Castletown dictated the pace and stayed on up the hill to keep market rival Crown Theatre at bay by almost four lengths.

Ted Walsh commented: “The race worked out for him. There wasn’t much between the first three horses on ratings and Ruby was able to do what he wanted. He’s a top of the ground horse and he jumped and travelled well today.”

At the other end of the racing spectrum, trainer Don Cummins, who is based at Albany Stud outside Thurles, saddled his first winner when Pumbaa, previously trained by Jimmy Mangan, bolted up in the @tramoreraces On twitter Beginners Chase.

Roger Quinlan made all on the 5/2 favourite and the partnership romped home ten lengths clear of market rival Empresario, to the delight of members of the Rafiki Syndicate which owns the six-year-old.

“He’s a fairish horse,” declared breeder Donal Cummins before his trainer-son Don added: “He’s the only horse we have in training at the moment. He’ll have one more run before he goes to Limerick at Christmas, for the Grade 2 novice.”

Mikey Fogarty registered his first win since returning from injury when the Eoin Griffin-trained Pollywollydoodle made all to justify 5/4 favouritism in the grief-filled Graun Hill Suite Beginners Chase.

Maurice Sheehy’s mare beat Asockastar by fourteen lengths in race which saw second favourite Wells China slip up starting the final circuit and Tikka Light crash at the fifth last. Unfortunately, both horses were killed while Martin Ferris rider of Wells China, sustained a broken left wrist.

Trainer Griffin said: “She was a bit sore after running on quick ground in Wexford, so we were forced to give her the summer off. This was the first opportunity that came for her. She won’t go on real winter ground, so we’ll look ahead to running in some of the better mares race in the spring. The plan would be to sneak a bit of black type for her.”

Versatile five-year-old Daigreen, trained in County Offaly by George Webb, provided Jody McGarvey with his first success since reducing his claim to 3lb. when landing the Like Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle, the gelding’s first win outside Ballinrobe.

Daigreen proved too strong for Pleased as Punch and favourite It’s All An Act, prompting his trainer to comment: “He seemed fresher today and we’ll think about letting him off for the winter, although he could head for Dundalk first. He might jump fences next year.”

Tom Nagle explained: “It was a better race the last day and she didn’t get it,” after The Bold Becky (Shane Crimin) proved best in the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse 2014 Special Recognition Handicap Hurdle, “This was an average contest and she won well.”

Nagle added: “She won’t have winter ground and is in a mares handicap hurdle in Limerick on Sunday. So, if she’s okay, she might go there.”


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