| 15.8°C Dublin

Bondage strikes for Elliott

Close

Mullins: Success in Killarney feature

Mullins: Success in Killarney feature

Mullins: Success in Killarney feature

Bondage has proved a real money-spinner for the Gordon Elliott yard and he again showed his versatility at Killarney by galloping to an impressive success in the Laurels Bar Hurdle.

Installed the 15/8 favourite, the six-year-old has bounced back well from a slightly disappointing run in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham to follow up a Down Royal victory a week ago with another comfortable win.

Despite fears that the ground might prove too soft, the son of Whipper was always travelling well in the hands of the in-form Declan Lavery, who eased his mount clear approaching the last flight before staying on strongly to beat Midnight Oil by eight lengths.

There was a notable local success in the opening maiden hurdle over two-and-a-half miles as Coolmill – trained less than 10 miles from the course by Donal O'Shea in Glenbeigh – provided a 16/1 shock.

The six-year-old was in front as the field turned in and despite a strong challenge from Sam Da Vinci, he kept on well under Joe Holly to win by just over two lengths, with short-priced favourite Kandinski never figuring back in sixth. It was the first track winner for O'Shea, who only got his licence last year.

Former classy novice chaser Mossey Joe completed a hat-trick as Declan McNamara's charge cruised to an emphatic victory in the Dan Linehan's Bar Hunters Chase.

Despite being opposed in the market by 5/4 favourite Warne, the issue was never in doubt on the final circuit as Damien Skehan sent Mossey Joe to the front a mile from home and the partnership gradually stretched clear to beat Universal Truth.

Wontbelongnow defied a lay-off since last October to take the MD O'Shea Maiden Hurdle for John Joe Walsh and Brian O'Connell – taking up the running in the straight and seeing off the challenge of the well-backed Usuel Smurfer.

The featured McSweeney Arms Hotel Handicap Chase went the way of Francis Flood's Miss Pepperpot, which showed admirable resolution under Danny Mullins to hold off the JP McManus-owned Carlingford Lough.

Davy Condon was seen at his best as he got James Motherway's 25/1 outsider Irish Soul back in the winning groove to capture the International Hotel Killarney Handicap Hurdle, while the closing bumper saw 11/10 favourite Bishops Road land the spoils under Jane Mangan.

Irish Independent