AT A time when many seem to want to question how healthy Willie Mullins' dominance is for the sport, yesterday's renewal of the prestigious Troytown Chase proved that there is still plenty around for the small man in the game.
The €100,000 Ladbrokes Troytown Chase was just a fourth winner of the season for trainer Johnny Berry (pictured) and third for Robbie Moran and, for Cootamundra, it was a first win over fences, but certainly a lucrative one for the Turbine Syndicate.
Moran hasn't enjoyed the most fruitful of times in recent years, but he couldn't have given the 10-year-old a better ride to deny the well-fancied Mad Brian and Colbert Station.
Cootamundra isn't a horse that finds a lot under pressure, by his trainer's admission, and Moran left it until after the last to take up the running.
"He just needs to be rode that way – you have to ride him to be fourth and let everything else happen and everything just happened for him today," a delighted Berry said yesterday.
"He was always going to win a big one some day and thankfully it was today.
"The Paddy Power and them sort of races, we'll look at now but he's still a novice as that's his first win over fences, so we'll see what races are there.
"He was in right order coming here and it's great to win it as he has been threatening that for a long time.
"The ground being a little better was ideal for him too."