Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh dominated yesterday’s action at Wexford, registering a short-priced treble with Aminabad, Measureofmydreams and Vroum Vroum Mag.
And five-year-old mare Vroum Vroum Mag, successful in a French bumper and over hurdles before being bought by Mullins for the Riccis, proved particularly impressive when making a successful chasing debut in the Kerlogue Mares Beginners Chase, final leg of the stable treble.
Tracking the leaders, Vroum Vroum Mag jumped well and produced a spectacular leap to take the lead at the ditch, four fences from home. From there, she coasted home to beat Emily Gray by nine lengths, with Down Ace third - rock-solid form when you consider that both of the placed horses were listed-placed over hurdles.
“She travelled and jumped super, “declared Ruby Walsh. “You could say she won it with two jumps - she pinged the fence at the top of the hill and the ditch, and the race was as good as over.
“It was a good performance and you’d have to love the way she jumped, particularly down the far side. The chase track is a bit drier than the hurdle course and I’d say this mare would love real soft ground.”
With Bryan Cooper attending the funeral of Dessie Hughes, Ruby was on board both Aminabad and Measureofmydreams for Gigginstown House Stud in the opening maiden hurdles.
Having jumped well and tracked the leaders, Aminabad, a major drifter from 4/7 to even-money on-track, challenged on the inner around the home turn and, after an untidy jump at the last, soon had the measure of Domesday Book, which he beat by a length and a quarter in the Supporters Club AGM Maiden Hurdle.
Ruby explained: “He jumped like a buck and won well. He’s a sharp horse and two and a quarter miles was as far as he’d want to go. I’d say he’ll drop back in trip rather than step-up.”
Measureofmydreams was sent off a strong 2/9 favourite for the Slaney Maiden Hurdle and, driven along by Ruby going to the second last, ultimately hit top gear to see off front-running I Knew Well by six and a half lengths after both horses were untidy at the final obstacle.
“He’s not a Wexford horse and everything was happening a bit quick for him around here,” said Walsh. “He’s real stayer and would appreciate a big galloping track, like Naas or Navan. But, in fairness, after he missed the last, he picked up well and went away.”
Patrick Mullins kept the family’s winning run in the concluding Rosslare Hunters Chase, his mount Boxer George (formerly trained by Willie) being left in command after last year’s winner and odds-on favourite Loch Dara (Harley Dunne) crashed when almost two lengths clear at the final fence.
Boxer George carries the colours of Cathy O’Farrell and the long-term aim is for her daughter Katie to ride the 12-year-old in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham in March.
Nine-year-old Mrs MacVeale, trained by Robert Murphy near Cappoquin, Co Waterford, registered her fifth win over hurdles when making most of the running to land the Join The Supporters Club Mares Hurdle in the hands of Andrew McNamara.
Follow The Sign, ridden by 7lb. claimer Shane Crimin, gave trainer Oliver McKiernan his first win since last February when beating favourite Dick Dundee in the Loch Garman Handicap Hurdle.
Shane Ryder ended a longer barren spell, stretching back to September 2012, when Halls Bridge, ridden by Robbie Moran, kept favourite Tailors Hill at bay by a length and a half in the Selskar Handicap Chase.
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