Shaneshill shows his potential over fences
Published 27/11/2015 | 02:30
Shaneshill, runner-up to Douvan in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last season, made a winning chasing debut in the Killinan Beginners Chase at Thurles.
Just below the very best over timber last season, Willie Mullins views him as a staying prospect in time, yet he started life in his new discipline over two and a quarter miles.
There was a brief moment of worry at the third-last, as Shaneshill got in a little tight and lost a few lengths. However, Ruby Walsh shook him up on landing and he quickly shot past his rivals.
On the run to the final fence only Walk To Freedom was still in touch and Shaneshill (1/4) pinged it to coast clear.
Mullins said: "I was happy with what I saw. I have no plans yet, he's in all the good ones (over Christmas) but I'd like to keep him and Douvan apart."
Petit Mouchoir created a striking impression in the Cahir Maiden Hurdle. He bowled along towards the head of affairs under Bryan Cooper, who didn't have to ask him a serious question.
Mullins completed a treble courtesy of Royal Caviar in the Holycross Maiden Hurdle.
At one stage, it looked like the even-money market leader would struggle to get by stable companion Haymount but Walsh got everything out of him and he scored by half a length.
The champion trainer had to settle for second when Daneking was outbattled by Mount Colah (9/2) in the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle.
Un De Sceaux warmed up for his imminent return to competitive action with a spin after racing.