Progressive chaser Alelchi Inois extended his unbeaten run over the larger obstacles to four races by securing Grade Three honours at Galway.
The on-song six-year-old, trained by Willie Mullins, did not need to be overly extended to take the Deacy Gilligan Novice Chase over two miles and a furlong.
Alelchi Inois was always close to the pace initiated by Enjoy Responsibly, which still held an appreciable advantage three fences from home. But a good jump from the 2/5 favourite at the final fence changed the complexion of the race as Paul Townend’s partner sailed clear up the home straight to win comfortably as Definite Ruby stayed on for second.
Townend said: “He is a joy to ride over fences. He couldn’t have done it any better. He is a summer-ground horse.”
That gave Mullins and Townend a double as the pair had earlier landed the Easyfix Rubber Products Novice Hurdle with Most Peculiar (9/10fav). Townend always looked in control and pushed his mount out for a four-length success from Aidan O’Brien’s Draco running in the colours of JP McManus.
O’Brien and McManus had to play second fiddle again in the Anglo Printers Maiden Hurdle as evens favourite Waver found David Kelly’s West Montan which pulled three lengths clear.
There was local interest in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle as Valours Minion struck for Val O’Brien after a finish in which all the placed horses were trained in Co Galway. The 11-year-old belied his odds of 16/1 to see off Martin Cullinane’s 4/1 favourite Roadtotheisland by three lengths, with Megan’s Vic – trained by Hannah Lee in Gort – filling the third spot.
Millie Le Bach justified 15/8 favouritism in a thrilling finish to the JJ Rhatigan & Company Maiden Hurdle, outpointing Ram Them All by a short head, while Mark Walsh guided the Tom Mullins-trained Baby Whizz to success in the Colm Quinn BMW Handicap Chase.
The closing mares bumper went to Behana for the father-and-son combination of Ronnie and John O’Neill with the 7/2 joint favourite shedding her maiden tag at the ninth attempt.