Dicosimo on the mark for Mullins axis
Published 29/12/2015 | 02:30
The Willie Mullins' Christmas bonanza continued at Limerick yesterday when Dicosimo ran out an easy winner of the day's feature, the Listed Irish Independent Hurdle.
The French import won on his debut for Mullins at Gowran in January before finishing eighth in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
He was last seen finishing fourth in a Grade Three at Fairyhouse in April, and he was sent off the 5/4 favourite under Danny Mullins.
Sent straight to the front he made all and despite being pressed before the straight, he eased clear from the second last, going on to score by ten lengths in the colours of the Riccis.
Theophilus (9/2) finished second under Andrew Lynch for Des McDonogh, while Bamako Moriviere was a further two-and-a-half lengths back in third.
"I was always confident and able to get a breather into him coming down the hill. I wanted to fill up the tank before going again and he was good," Danny Mullins said afterwards.
"His form flattened out maybe last spring but hopefully this year he'll keep it going and there's no reason he won't."
While yesterday's fare at Limerick managed to beat the elements, today's scheduled meeting wasn't so lucky with heavy rain resulting in the cancellation of the fixture.
However, not everyone found yesterday's testing conditions offputting with Henry de Bromhead and Andrew Lynch completing a double on the card.
The well-backed Deans Roads (10/11 favourite) claimed the Mr Binman Maiden Hurdle to follow evens-favourite Domesday Book's earlier easy victory in the Cube Beginners' Chase.
Deans Road got the better of a battle with eventual runner-up Nine Stiches for a length and a quarter win.
De Bromhead was at Leopardstown yesterday but Andrew Lynch stated afterwards: "He won his point to point on heavy and ran well in a good race the last day.
"Whatever he does over hurdles is a bonus as he wants a fence. It wasn't a bad race as we quickened well in the straight."
Though the track has been declared fit for racing for the last two days, heavy rain on yesterday afternoon left the situation untenable.
A tweet posted by the course read: "Racing @LimerickRaces has been cancelled on Tue 29 Dec as track is unfit for racing due to heavy rainfall this afternoon."
The seven-race card was due to feature the Grade Two Kirkland Investments Novice Hurdle which has now been transferred to Punchestown's New Year's Eve meeting on Thursday to form an eight-race card.
The title of this race will now be The Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle (Grade Two) and this race will revert back to entries with weights stage with fresh declarations to run to be made along with the rest of the Punchestown meeting by 10am tomorrow.