Kilmurry scores Galway double
Henry de Bromhead has another smart prospect on his hands as Kilmurry made it two wins from three starts over fences in the Deacy & Associates Novice Chase at Galway yesterday.
A 12-length scorer last time out at the Ballybrit venue, the five-year-old was always handy and hit the front going to the last, keeping on strongly to see off Lady Hillingdon by a length and three-quarters.
De Bromhead, who is responsible for Arkle winner Sizing Europe, said of the 7/4 favourite, "It was a more competitive race, but he did it well.
"Andrew (Lynch) said he came up out of his hands at a couple, he just loves jumping and he's already probably 20lb higher than he was over hurdles. He stays so well, he had to do a lot of the donkey work and I'd say we'd step him up in trip now.
"He'll probably miss Listowel and go for a Grade Two at Tipperary in October, or there's a race for him at Cheltenham in November."
Magical Memoir stepped-up on some ordinary Flat form to land the Anglo Printers Maiden Hurdle on her debut over flights under Mark Bolger but she lost the race in a Stewards' Enquiry to Days Ahead. Bolger had Magical Memoir on terms two out and she closed the door on Days Ahead (didn't have the room to challenge) on the run-in to score by a length and a half but the stewards deemed Magical Memoir had improved her position.
Bolger said of the Jessica Harrington-trained 12/1 shot, "I didn't think Davy (Russell on Days Ahead) would have got to me even if he'd got through. She is a nice filly and she has taken to hurdling well."
Days Ahead is trained by Eoin Doyle and he is owned by Maurice Mason.
Later on, Dark Prospect made it third time lucky over flights in the Eurobead Maiden Hurdle, getting the better of Riverstown and Henro Boy on the run-in, by half a length and three parts of a length.
The good-looking Nayef gelding made a mistake at the first which ended his hopes here at the Festival and he 'missed' two out at Ballinrobe next time.
However, all went to plan yesterday for the well-backed market leader (9/4 into 11/8), prompting his trainer Noel Meade to say, "It has taken a while for him but I think he's a good horse. He made a mistake here at the first (at the Festival) which frightened the life out of him."