Blackmail pays off for Ruby in Galway
Blackmail justified market support as he made a winning debut over obstacles in the €100,000 Tote Pick Six Guarantee Maiden Hurdle, the opening event on day three of the Galway Festival.
Tony Martin's charge was sent off the 5-4 favourite for his first try over hurdles, having been down the field in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and finishing second to stablemate Ted Veale on the level last time out.
Ruby Walsh was happy to sit in behind on Blackmail as Tisamystery cut out the early running but once he moved to the front on the turn for home, there was little doubt about the result.
A clean leap at the last sealed the victory and Blackmail powered away to win by 12 lengths from Enchanted Forest.
Martin and owner John Breslin were following up on Tuesday evening's victory for Busted Tycoon.
"Tony is the best, the master of them all. This horse jumped very well and Ruby gave him a fantastic ride," said Breslin.
"He's a good horse - last night was good but today was exceptionally good."
Martin was pleased with his charge's display and is already eyeing a trip to the Cheltenham Festival.
He said: "He was very good. He boiled over at Cheltenham and probably shouldn't have been in Punchestown after that.
"He's not over-big but what he is is very agile and nimble. You'd like he's a horse that'll be going to Cheltenham again next March."
Walsh said: "It was softer than ideal for him but he jumped exceptionally well and he was very professional."