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Cry For The Moon sees off field in Killarney

First reserve Cry For The Moon made the most of his late entry with a decisive victory the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.

Jim Culloty's charge only got into the richest race on the card after Mister Benedictine was a late withdrawal, but saw off the opposition in style.

Pushed into the lead at the third-last by Paddy Mangan, the 10-1 shot defeated top weight Miley Shah by eight lengths.

Culloty said: "He got 12lb for winning over hurdles last year and he failed to reproduce that form.

"I'm beginning to think he is better running fresh. The Galway Festival will be his Gold Cup and he will either run in the amateur handicap or the Galway Hurdle.



"He might also run in the Ascot Stakes. He would have a five-week break before Galway if he ran there and he might get in off 86.

"Fair play to Brendan Duke (trainer of Mister Benedictine). He rang me in plenty of time."

Paul Townend got a quickfire double in the first two races. He began the day with success on the Darren Bunyan-trained Age Of Glory (7-2) in the Irish Injured Jockeys Fundraising Concert Tonight Maiden Hurdle. "That's my first winner over jumps and only my second runner," said Bunyan.

"He did well to win today for a horse that doesn't handle that ground. He has a big engine and I think he has a future over hurdles and will make a nice chaser."

Townend followed up on John Kiely's Kilbarry Beauty (8-1) in the Killarney Towers Hotel Maiden Hurdle.

The Mouse Morris-trained Rathlin (11-2) made a successful return to fences after a run over hurdles with a smooth victory in the www.themalton.com Chase.

Ruby Walsh got on the scoresheet when partnering Tony Martin-trained Wrong Turn in the La Na Gaeilge Handicap Chase.