Walsh gets back in groove with Bundle
Ruby Walsh got back among the winners at Listowel yesterday when Bundle Of Fun ran out a game victor of the Devon Inn Hotel Handicap Hurdle at odds of 5/1.
Having been sidelined with a neck injury since July, Walsh returned to action at the Kerry venue on Sunday.
He was hard at work in third place turning in on Bundle Of Fun here, but Willie Mullins' representative responded gamely to win going away.
"A winner always helps," a beaming Walsh admitted afterwards. "It will be even better when the better races start to come along now."
Bundle Of Fun, owned by the west Cork-based Shanakiel Racing Syndicate, was having just its third start for Mullins, who suggested that the eight-year-old might next go chasing.
Earlier, Toomdeely (13/2) produced a game front-running performance to score in the Kevin McManus Beginners' Chase. Partnered by the Galway Hurdle-winning jockey Tom Doyle, the grey never looked like being caught by the even-money favourite Son Amix, which finished seven lengths back in second.
The winner had finished third here on Sunday, and yesterday's result proved especially sweet for Toomdeely's Limerick-based handler Pat Neville, who saddled him to score here three years ago before the horse spent time elsewhere.
Princeton Plains, fifth in the Galway Hurdle in July, took the day's feature for Eddie Harty and Niall 'Slippers' Madden.
Three horses jumped the last together in the €26,000 Guinness Handicap Hurdle, but it was the JP McManus-owned five-year-old, a 13/2 shot, that prevailed by half a length from Delphi Mountain. After Run With The Wind (33/1) prevailed by a nose from Mutiska in the 14-furlong FBD Insurance Handicap, Michael Hourigan was quick to pay tribute to the horse's new owner John O'Hagan.
"He had only bought the horse off me three weeks earlier when I had to ring him to tell him that the horse would need €10,000 spent on him to save his life after a bout of colic," the Limerick handler said of O'Hagan. "That was a bitter pill to swallow."