Sunday 25 March 2018

O'Sullivan on the rise after Limerick glory for Way Home

ALL THE WAY HOME pinged the last flight under Paul Townend in yesterday's Handicap Hurdle to provide up-and-coming Clonakilty handler Sinead O'Sullivan with her second winner.

Runner-up at Tramore on New Year's Eve, the grey Alderbrook mare confirmed the promise of that handicap debut to justify modest support into 13/2.

The 3/1 favourite Ponmeword enjoyed a similarly taking win for local trainer Eric McNamara and 3lb claimer Rob Jones in the day's other handicap hurdle, with champion trainer Willie Mullins securing a short-priced double courtesy of odds-on favourites The Paparrazi Kid and Immediate Response.

The Paparrazi Kid ended a frustrating run of seconds to sluice up in the maiden hurdle for Ruby Walsh, who is now just six behind championship leader Davy Russell, having also plundered the mares' equivalent on Colin McBratney's Toye Native (3/1).

Patrick Mullins did the steering on Immediate Response, which overcame a nine-month lay-off to record a comprehensive 21-length victory on his fencing debut.

Hopes of Cheltenham's big Festival Trials Day meeting defying the elements this weekend have risen ahead of an inspection at 8.0 tomorrow morning. As a proviso, the card could take place on Sunday should the course not be deemed fit to race on Saturday.

Things are not looking as rosy for Doncaster, with Saturday's card, featuring the Sky Bet Chase, hinging on a 2.0 inspection this afternoon.

Irish Independent

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