The opening division of the Connolly’s Red Mills four-year-old maiden saw Buzz De Turcoing record a very fortunate success, as the long-time leader Alko Rouge was desperately unlucky to come down at the final fence when twenty lengths clear.
The winner is trained by Donnchadh Doyle and was having his third start here in the familiar Monbeg Syndicate colours.
Given a patient ride by Rob James, the son of Maresca Sorrento made good progress inside the final mile without being able to reel in the long-time-leader, before being left clear to come home six lengths in front of Hill Of Hope.
The winning handler indicated the gelding may be seen in a winners’ race if not sold beforehand.
The Colin Bowe-trained Killer Clown took the second division of the Connolly’s Red Mills four-year-old maiden in the hands of Barry O’Neill who rode a treble on the day.
Never too far away from the pace, the Getaway gelding found plenty in the closing stages to get the better off the promising debutant, Carry On Magic by a length.
“He is a nice one and we really liked him coming here and we will go to the sales now,” said the handler of the winner, who was running in the Milestone Syndicate silks.
Barry O’Neill quickly brought up the second leg of his treble, in the Paul Fay Bookmaker five-year-olds geldings’ maiden aboard the Shane Donohoe-trained and Dylan Partnership-owned Destination Dylan.
Having his fourth start, the son of Dubai Destination was following up on a recent placed effort at Kirkistown, making all the running here before recording a four-length success over Ran Rite.
“He will turn into a gorgeous three-mile chaser, He needed a bit of time, as he is 17hh but has a great temperament. He will head to the sale now,” said the Cavan handler.
Kruzhlinin won his third race of the season when taking the Rawles Bar & Lounge open, providing Barry O’Neill with a treble on the day.
Having tracked the leaders for much of the contest the Camilla Sharples-owned gelding picked up the running turning-in, before going on to win by five lengths from Lisclogher Lad, who filled the runner up spot.
Mark Foley was on hand to represent winning handler Gordon Elliott and indicated that the 11-year-old will continue running in opens for the moment.
Handler John Ryan trained his first winner of the season between-the-flags when La Hachette took the Irish Netting Systems & Reilly Structural Steel Ltd five-year-old and upwards mares’ maiden.
The daughter of Yeats has improved with each run this season and rider Pa King put her experience to good use when making much the running.
While the five-year-old still held the advantage at the final fence, Airgead Suas threw down a strong on the run to the line, with only a short head separating the duo following a thrilling finish.
“We will probably go back to the track now. We point-to-pointed her just to change it up and she has got her win now,” said the Templemore handler who also owns the winner.
The Quinns Supply Stores Ltd. winner of three saw Complete Sizing make it four wins from four starts between-the-flags when running out an impressive winner.
The son of Network is owned by the exors of the late Alan Potts and was returning from a mammoth 596 days off the track. Up with the pace throughout the six-year-old picked up the advantage jumping the last, before quickening up well, beating Kadmar by a cosy two lengths.
“He is a lovely horse and will go down the hunter chase route now,” said Tom Dreaper, who was on hand to represent his father Jim.
The rider/handler combination of Luke McGuiness and Nigel Slevin teamed up for their second victory of the season when taking the concluding McCoppin Family older geldings’ maiden.
The successful Like a Demon was making his debut between the flags having been placed on five occasions under rules.
Having picked up the running four-out, the eight-year-old stuck stayed on gamely to see off Shuil Luas by three lengths.
“He was entitled to do it on his track runs, the plan would be to go to Limerick now for the hunter chase over Christmas,” said the winning handler.