Simenon coasts home to seal Ruby double
Simenon showed his liking for a drop down in class as he sauntered away with the conditions hurdle at Cork yesterday to secure a double for Ruby Walsh.
Third to Alderwood in the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last time, the five-year-old was sent off the 9/10 favourite and travelled in second for most of the way as Dazzling Susie took them along.
Walsh sent on the Willie Mullins inmate approaching the third-last and it was easy thereafter as Simenon coasted in by 15 lengths from the long-time leader, with nothing emerging from the chasing pack to cause any concern.
The opening leg of Walsh's double came in the opening maiden hurdle on Charlie Swan's Roman Flight, which looked set for an easy victory but wandered about after hitting the front and had to be worked to score by three lengths.
The Oliver McKiernan-trained Whatever Jacksays continued his rapid rise up the ranks with a commanding victory in the Niall McCarthy Memorial Handicap Hurdle despite a 22lb hike in the ratings for his previous win.
The seven-year-old was given an aggressive ride by Robbie Colgan, leading all the way to score by 14 lengths.
Jessie Harrington's Beachdale Lad was another to be in front just about all the way, landing the Friday July 13th BBQ Maiden Hurdle after Tommy Treacy slipped the 9/4 favourite into a decisive lead on the bend for home.
He went clear in the straight to score by three and three-quarter lengths after the last flight was missed following an incident early on when Andrew Lynch suffered a heavy fall on Flemingo Domingo.
Robert Tyner's Boss Croaker came out on top following a terrific finish to division one of the three-mile handicap Hurdle.
There were three horses virtually in a line passing the last and Philip Enright's mount found most on the run-in to deny Wellforth by two and a half lengths, with Sweet Runner just a nose behind in third.
Division two of the staying hurdle went to the John Long-trained Baresi, which made light of a 7lb rise in the rating. The 9/2 favourite stormed clear two out under Rob Jones to beat Insan Flyer by seven lengths.
Ivor Kingston's grey Iron Duke sprung a 33/1 surprise under Gavin Sheehan to win by a length and a half in the Corkracecourse On Twitter Handicap Hurdle.