Davids Charm changes fortune as Walsh eyes return to the Flat
It has been a while coming but Davids Charm (6/1) finally landed the valuable jumps pot that his talent deserves after leaving his bad luck behind to take the Listowel Handicap Hurdle for John Joe Walsh and Phillip Enright.
Having been hampered a few times when fourth in the Galway Hurdle, Enright left little to chance this time around as he rode the eight-year-old quite prominently and there were no such problems, much to the delight of the veteran Cork trainer.
"Two years ago he was beaten a short head in this race and he was unlucky in the Galway Hurdle where he was caught at the start and got squeezed up passing the stands," Walsh said.
"He was only beaten four lengths and he lost more than that in the race so I thought he would have won. Philip knew the horse from Galway, I told him to keep him out of trouble and it was a brilliant ride. Philip is as cute as a fox!
"He's not unlucky any more and won handy enough. The Cesarewitch is next and we'll see after the Cesarewitch what to do. He has never jumped a fence and Tom O'Brien (owner) says to keep him away from the fences but I think he would jump a fence."
Meanwhile, there was a major shock in the concluding beginners' chase when Treacysenniscorthy (50/1) produced a career-best performance to score for rookie trainer Robert Widger and jockey Patrick Corbett.
"It was a surprise as he struggled a bit last week at Kilbeggan," the Waterford trainer said. "He is my first horse and that was my second runner, I got the licence in July and only have two horses to run."
Today sees more low-key fare on Ladies Day at the Listowel Harvest Festival, with the highlight seeing five go to post in a puzzling Southampton Goodwill Plate Chase (4.15). Dot Love's Lucky Pat has something to find on ratings but appeals most under Rachael Blackmore and is in decent form.