Mullins gets reward on Murphy's 'Mor'
David Mullins's persistence was rewarded at Killarney yesterday when he galvanised a renewed burst out of Kennedys Mor to thwart Black Benny.
On just his fifth mount since returning from injury, the Grand National-winning rider turned what looked like a lost cause into an unlikely success. The outcome seemed a foregone conclusion when Black Benny strode on from two-out. However, having been matched at 1.01 on Betfair for €17,510, he wilted up the short run-in.
The brave layers' dough was done, as Kennedys Mor, owned by its west Cork breeder John Kennedy, went one better than in the same Dawn Milk-sponsored handicap a year ago.
"I was sure he was beaten, but he's a tough horse," trainer John Murphy said of the 7/1 shot, which was matched for €23 at 1,000/1 on the exchange.
Andrew Lynch continued his fine run of form by taking the featured handicap hurdle on Edward O'Grady's Time For Mabel (6/1), while Norman Lee's Supreme Vic readily landed a touch (6/1 into 5/2) over fences.
"I'm delighted and it is a gamble landed," said Gort-based Lee of the in-foal winner. Aidan O'Brien's Beacon Rock flopped in France but son Joseph collected here with Tesseract (5/2).
He later combined with his other son Donnacha to score with Sportsmanship (evens fav) at Leopardstown, before daughter Ana drove Paul Deegan's Three Majors (7/1) to victory.
David Wachman's return to form also continued there, as Wayne Lordan just got Intern (12/1 into 7/2) home.