Ruby shows patience to bag Sligo feature for Weld camp
RUBY Walsh teamed up with Dermot Weld to claim yesterday's featured EBF Novice Hurdle at Sligo with the ex-English-trained Sulwaan.
The four-year-old was having his first start over hurdles having come from the yard of Mark Johnston and went off 4/1 third favourite in the four-runner field.
The son of King's Best was held up off the pace by the former champion jockey and victory looked unlikely as Tavern Times and Princeton Plains challenged the front-running Second Glance approaching the home straight.
Just when it looked as if Tavern Times was going to justify his favourite's tag, Walsh started to get a decent tune out of Weld's recruit, which galloped on strongly to beat the market leader by half a length.
James Nash recorded his first winner since mid-March as his Some Say stayed on best to take the mares maiden hurdle under David Casey. The winning jockey was having his first ride back since getting married a fortnight ago and Nash was Casey's best man.
The Dessie Hughes-trained Miss Accurate followed up on her bumper win at Wexford by taking the opening Benbulben Maiden Hurdle. Ridden by Bryan Cooper, the four-year-old made all to see off the challenge of the well-supported favourite In A Nutshell by three parts of a length.
At Perth, meanwhile, leading trainer Gordon Elliott had to settle for just one winner with his raiding party at the Scottish venue. Under Jason Maguire, Brave Beauty lifted the two-and-a-half mile novices' hurdle after the 5/2 shot took over from long-time leader Green Mining at the final flight to score by five lengths.
The Meath handler also sent out three seconds, with his Manger Hanagment, Incas Article and Fool's Wildcat all filling the runner-up spot.
There was also an Irish winner at Southwell, where Sligo-based trainer Mark McNiff took the opening handicap chase with Streedagh Lady. The point-to-point-winning mare attracted plenty of support in the market and went off the 5/2 second favourite.