Quadrillon gets off the mark
Willie Mullins was left highly satisfied after Quadrillon got off the mark over fences at the second attempt with a hard-fought success from Pay The Bounty in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase at Gowran yesterday.
A former smart bumper horse and useful over hurdles, the six-year-old dug deep to make all for Paul Townend.
"He did it well," said Mullins of the 7/4 favourite. "He got a nice weight allowance which was a big help. He was very unlucky to fall at Fairyhouse when another horse interfered with him. He'll go for another novice chase now. He'll have no problem going up in trip to three miles and he might be a better horse over a longer trip."
Tom Doyle also shone from the front as Ainm Spartacus ran out a 33/1 shock winner of the Gowran Park Gift Vouchers 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.
The Kieran Purcell-trained three-year-old had not shown much in two previous starts, but the experience had obviously not been lost on him as he readily accounted for Luddenmore by three lengths.
"Tom said the further he was going the better he was getting," said Purcell. "He likes to get a good foot into the ground. His jumping was terrible up to now but the extra schooling we did made a big difference."
Peak Raider was hugely impressive in the Irish Racing Yearbook Handicap Chase, moving through smoothly under a patient Davy Condon and taking full advantage of a bad mistake by Gaelic Grounds two out.
"That made up for the last few days. He jumped well and settled great," said winning trainer Tommy Carberry. "Hopefully he'll stay a bit further. There aren't too many races for two-mile handicappers but there is one for him at Leopardstown over Christmas."
Condon doubled up courtesy of 5/1 chance Killeenmore for Noel Meade in the Gowran Park Racing Club 2011 Handicap Hurdle, while Thomond O'Mara's Tornedo Shay (9/4 favourite) coasted home three and a half lengths clear in the Bennettsbridge Maiden Hurdle.
"He needed to do it like that. Essentially he's a very good jumper but he's still a bit novicey and we'll try to improve on that," said O'Mara.