Seefood helps Cooper atone for Wingtips woe
Bryan Cooper had a mixed day at Fairyhouse with a victory on Seefood but an odds-on reverse on Wingtips.
Tony Martin's Wingtips was expected to enjoy little more than a school round in the fairyhouse.ie Maiden Hurdle. Having finished fifth in the Triumph Hurdle behind Countrywide Flame and then third to Hisaabaat at Punchestown, his form was head and shoulders above anything else on offer.
Cooper looked confident at the second-last flight despite being in fifth but when he met the last all wrong, he found himself with too much ground to make up.
By then Blacklough (10/1), winner of his only previous start, had passed Akatara at the head of affairs and despite Wingtips flying home, he could only finish third.
"He did it well and he's bound to come on a bit (first run in 178 days). He'll go down the novice route," said winning trainer Willie Austin.
Dessie Hughes can do little wrong at present and Seefood (13/8 joint-favourite) saw off the highly regarded Sizing Gold in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle.
Gordon Elliott is planning another raid on Cheltenham with Cause Of Causes (11/8 favourite) after his victory in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Hurdle.
Second in the Galway Hurdle, he beat the returning Si C'etait Vrai by half a length under Davy Condon.
"He did it nicely. Davy said he blew up after the second last so he didn't knock him around. The plan is the Racing Post Hurdle at Cheltenham," said Elliott.
Barry Geraghty partnered John McConnell's Lady Olwyn (10/1) to victory in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.
The closing Bobbyjo Bistro INH Flat Race was won in very easy style by Noel Meade's Owen Mc (2/1 joint-favourite) under Nina Carberry.