Hughes and Cooper team up for double
VETERAN Curragh trainer Dessie Hughes and young Kerry jockey Bryan Cooper were the men to follow at Kilbeggan last night when they teamed up for a double.
First up was the success of Chase The Favourite, which registered a first success on her 10th career start in the opening maiden hurdle.
Sent off the 2/1 favourite, she galloped into the lead five from home and although her lead was reduced on the run-in, she was always in command and scored by three and a half lengths from runner-up Wall Street Wally.
"She will probably run in a handicap now. She has a mark of 101," explained Hughes afterwards. "She is a top-of-the-ground mare and while the ground stays good she will run."
Hughes and Cooper completed their brace when Whispering Hills took the three-mile novice hurdle. Rising Time tried to make all but was joined by Hughes' inmate at the third last and despite a mistake at the final flight, Cooper kept the 5/4 favourite going to hold off Passage Vendome by two lengths.
Mister Benedictine completed his hat-trick of wins in style as he took the Fay Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle under David Crosse for trainer Brendan Duke. The 3/1 favourite hit the front at the fourth last and stayed on well to record an easy success over Battling Boru.
Dazzling Susie trounced her rivals to take the Tyrellspass Novice Chase under Tom Doyle, with Carlito Brigante disappointing back in third, while Willie Mullins won the novice chase with Sin Palo.