Walsh's page turns heads
Page Turner confirmed the promise of his jumping debut when running out a clear-cut winner of yesterday's EBF Maiden Hurdle at Limerick.
John Joe Walsh's seven-year-old (5/2) found only high-class Flat recruit Distant Memories too strong at this venue over Christmas, but got off the mark here. Admittedly, his task was made easier by the withdrawal of probable favourite Pride Ofthe Parish, but he still showed a really willing attitude to cross the line 12 lengths ahead of Futuramic.
Pride Ofthe Parish's absence meant Catleen was Willie Mullins' only remaining runner on the card, and she duly obliged in the handicap hurdle. The 6/4 favourite was travelling strongest swinging into the straight and Ruby Walsh sent her on for a two-lengths verdict over Rockers Field.
The complexion of the mares maiden hurdle changed with the midway departure of Thynetocatcher and Tellherimnothere, but nothing can be taken away from Lisrose. The 6/1 shot saw off Mini Vic by six and a half lengths under Declan Queally.
Joe O'Keeffe's Special Token (11/8 favourite) gained compensation for her Cork demotion when handing out a comprehensive defeat to the opposition in the novice chase in the hands of Martin Ferris, beating Carrigdhoun by nine and a half lengths.