Harrington's Hugo outshines 'light' to earn Thurles ticket
Hugo De Vindecy made the most of a drop in class when returning to winning ways in yesterday's Weatherbys Racecards Hurdle at Down Royal.
The six-year-old has now been placed on each of his five starts over timber and was sent off at 15/8 having finished third in a Grade Three at Limerick in December.
Jessica Harrington's charge travelled kindly throughout under Barry Geraghty and quickened from the last to beat Rubi Light by three lengths.
"There is a Grade Two over two and a half miles at Thurles for him. Hopefully he might be good enough as he has improved a bit," said Harrington. "Last time he didn't like it at Limerick. He's a good jumper but made a very bad mistake at one of the easyfix hurdles."
Colm Murphy's 10/1 chance Mick The Man landed an eventful NI Hotel Federation Beginners Chase, with a number of horses failing to complete.
Tony Martin and Ruby Walsh combined as 7/2 chance Montan made a winning debut for the yard in the Sean Graham Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle.
The Mervyn Torrens-trained Hughies Grey (8/1) opened his account over obstacles with a game display in the Bet With The Tote Handicap Hurdle.
Rose's Emma (8/1) swooped late to land the Weatherbys Insurance Novice Handicap Hurdle, while 4/1 shot The Flying Dustman took the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase. Colin McBratney won the closing St Patricks Day Punters Pack Flat Race on Sole Witness.