Farringdon raises Dobbs' spirits after Lord's setback
WICKLOW trainer Prunella Dobbs suffered mixed fortunes at Ballinrobe yesterday when the victory of Farringdon in the conditions chase proved some compensation for the potential loss of the promising Fiery Lord to injury.
Fiery Lord -- a half-brother to Kicking King -- fell four out in the handicap hurdle won by the Barry Cash-ridden Diyla, and while jockey Ruby Walsh emerged unscathed, Dobbs fears her charge may have suffered a career-threatening injury. However, Farringdon put a smile back on her face when he got the better of favourite Alpha Ridge under Andrew McNamara.
"Pleasure and tears at the same time," said Dobbs. "I told Andrew going out to cheer me up and he has. He rode him to perfection. We'll take it step by step with him. He has been just so consistent through his career.
"We are waiting on X-rays with Fiery Lord but he appears to be severely injured, although the vets are not sure the exact nature of it."
The Hamptons, twice a winner on the Flat in sprints, showed a surprising amount of stamina to take the opening maiden hurdle. Trained by Niall Madden, rider 'Slippers' Madden had his mount handily placed stalking Second Glance and Headly's Bridge and despite not being fluent at the last, he won by half a length from Fairwood Massini for JP McManus.
Punters were hit when the Lorcan Donnelly-trained Old Theatre Royal (12/1) was an easy winner of the Tote Jackpot Hurdle, coming home with eight lengths market leader Diamond Shower.
John Kiely's Head Of The Posse (4/6) was a better result for punters when landing the novice chase, giving McManus a double.
Head Of The Posse led from two out for David Casey and he sprinted away from Spring The Que to win by 14 lengths.