Made In Taipan stays one step ahead of Posse
Made In Taipan ended a long losing run in the MD O'Shea & Sons Hurdle at Killarney last night.
It looked like being a good result for punters as the JP McManus-owned Head Of The Posse, the 5/4 favourite, appeared in control, but the Tom Mullins-trained winner found another gear to score by half a length under Davy Russell.
The winner had finished last in the conditions chase 24 hours earlier. "He seemed fit and well this morning, so we took our chance. Davy said he ran too fresh yesterday and he had nothing left at the finish," said Mullins.
The most valuable prize of the night was the McSweeney Arms Hotel Handicap Chase and this went to the Charles Byrnes-trained Bideford Legend. Clarach sprang a 20/1 surprise in the opening mares maiden hurdle (Division 1) for the father and son combination of trainer Tony Mullins and jockey Danny. The second division went to the Dessie Hughes-trained Sugar Bullet under Bryan Cooper.
A stumble from leader Eyre Apparent enabled Alderwood (2/1 favourite) to complete a double for Tom Mullins in the Keg Security Tralee Maiden Hurdle.
Hughes recorded a double also when Optimum Force got the better of 2/5 favourite Rudi Trucker in the Dan Linehan's Bar Hunters Chase.