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Sunday 20 April 2014

Upsie does the business for McCoy at Naas

Tony McCoy
Tony McCoy

TONY MCCOY teamed up with record-breaking trainer Willie Mullins when steering Upsie to victory in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet 1800 721 821 Maiden Hurdle at Naas.

The JP McManus-owned mare was 4-7 to make a winning debut over jumps, but success was not without a scare as she almost went through the wing after the third-last when hampered and about to be asked for an effort.

McCoy got the dual French bumper winner back on an even keel and brought the five-year-old to lead just before the final flight, going on to score by three and three-quarter lengths from Aerlite Supreme with Toubaloo just behind in third.

Mullins said: "She looks a good mare and we'll find a nice novice for her somewhere.

"She did that well there against geldings and she could take them on again."

Sweeney Tunes (3-1) capitalised on a terrible mistake three out by 4-7 favourite Mikael D'Haguenet to lift the Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase.

The Mullins-trained Mikael D'Haguenet looked to be going ominously well when his blunder took him from first to last.

Davy Russell needed no further prompting on the Paul Nolan-trained Sweeney Tunes and set sail for home.

Charlie's Vic came from the rear of the field to make a valiant bid but could not get to the leader and was three and a half lengths down at the line, with Mikael D'Haguenet remarkably rallying to get third.

Nolan said: "It's nice to win these Grade Two races, but at the end of the day Mikael D'Haguenet looked like he would have sluiced in.

"He's entered in the Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, but he was given a mark over 140 so he's not eligible for that.

"He's in some of the open handicaps at Cheltenham, but running this close to the Festival is not ideal so we might look at the Irish National instead."

Russell completed a quick double with an emphatic victory on the well-backed Mallowney (11-4) in the Paddy Power Mobile App Handicap Hurdle.

Ireland's champion jockey took the Tim Doyle-trained gelding to the front before the field set off on their final circuit of the track and was always in control.

Mallowney produced a decisive turn of foot after the second-last flight to settle the issue, bounding seven lengths clear of his rivals headed by Enchanted Forest.

Doyle said: "He ran very well in the Boylesports Hurdle (at Leopardstown last month) and only for a mistake at the last he would have been placed.

"We won't be too hard on him this season and I'm really looking forward to going chasing with him in the autumn.

"He should make a smashing chaser. He's got a lovely pedigree and is from the same family as Boston Bob.

"He's only really started to mature into a good horse recently. He had a wind-op after Galway which seems to have made a big difference to him."

A costly error at the last by Realt Dubh let in Days Hotel to land the paddypower.com Chase.

Paul Carberry brought Realt Dubh with what look a well-timed run to challenge the long-time leader, but he met the final obstacle all wrong.

That left Andrew Lynch on Days Hotel (5-2), trained by Henry de Bromhead, to come home clear. Realt Dubh was still second ahead of Call The Police.

De Bromhead said of his six-length winner: "His jumping won it for him and he had to do it the hard way. He set a good gallop and jumped well all the way.

"I'm delighted for the owner (James Treacy) as he's been great since he came back from injury. That's two Grade Twos he's won now and he keeps improving.

"The Normans Grove at Fairyhouse (April 2) is probably the obvious one now, especially if he gets some ease in the ground.

"The Kinloch Brae at Thurles was too far on heavy ground but I wouldn't mind stepping him up in trip again on better ground."

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