Newmill ends three-year famine
John Murphy's Newmill bounced back to form to win his first race for nearly three years in yesterday's Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles.
The 12-year-old's finest hour came in the 2006 Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, but he had been winless since the Red Mills Hurdle in February 2007.
However, Eddie Power stole a march on his rivals at halfway and kicked clear, an advantage which favourite Snowy Morning could never claw back.
"He's been in good form all year but I didn't think he would go in that ground," said Murphy. "Eddie was outstanding. He didn't think there was much pace so decided to make it a bit of a gallop. He settles better nowadays."
Davy Russell dominated the rest of the card with a treble, highlighted by the win of Tally Em Up in the Septimus Coolmore NH Sires EBF Mares Novice Chase. "I'm thrilled to bits. She's a way better chaser than she was over hurdles," said winning trainer Philip Rothwell. "There is a good mares' novice for her in Uttoxeter."
Russell was also on the mark with Paul Nolan's debutant Politeo in the Moycarkey Hurdle and Cool Dude Luke, which provided Charlie Swan with his first winner of 2010 in the EBF Novice Hurdle.
Rudi Trucker battled well to see off Cloughmile in the concluding hunters chase.
Jimmy Mangan's charge hit the front seven from home under Damien Murphy and despite being strongly pressed by Cloughmile, he found extra to post a half-length victory.
Elsewhere, Sheikh Mohammed could have asked for no more than a winner at the first race meeting at his new Meydan course in Dubai.
The state-of-the-art track was opened with much fanfare yesterday and the Dubai ruler's Godolphin colours were carried to victory by none other than Frankie Dettori aboard Whispering Gallery in the 10-furlong handicap.
Dettori took full advantage of being given an easy time in front on Whispering Gallery, who landed three of his four starts last season for Mark Johnston. The Sheikh hopes the new Tapeta surface may see more Europeans contesting the World Cup in March.