Katie takes Thurles honours
Our Katie justified 11-10 favouritism with a resolute display under Brian Hayes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase at Thurles.
The Garrett Ahern-trained eight-year-old broke her fencing duck over two and three-quarter miles at this venue at the end of last month and the rise to three miles proved no problem as she saw off long-time leader Down Ace by four and a half lengths.
Ahern said: "She didn't travel as well on the ground the last day but Brian said he never had to get after her at all today.
"She's had two quick runs in a fortnight and might run at Limerick in the Dawn Run Chase over two and a half miles on St Patrick's weekend."
That initiated a double for Hayes, although he was made to work harder than expected in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.
Goulane Chosen headed to the last with a seemingly winning margin, only to idle and give Mark Walsh on the newcomer Bitsandpieces some hope.
The 2-1 joint-favourite got going again when it got serious, though, and ran on again for a three-and-a-half-length verdict.
Lockstockandbarrel defied a lengthy absence to make a successful jumping debut in the thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle.
The 11-10 favourite dictated matters to suit himself and Ruby Walsh only had to let out an inch of rein for him to saunter nine lengths clear of Captain Hox.
Sumos Novios also has a bright future judging by his impressive victory in the Ballycahill Beginners Chase.
Having sent the 9-4 favourite about his business at the fifth-last, Andrew McNamara allowed his rivals to get within striking distance approaching the final fence, but Sumos Novios had plenty in the tank and stretched four and a half lengths clear again.
He Rock's was in a battle with Glen Ode until that one fell two out in the Rock Of Cashel Handicap Chase, leaving Steve Mahon's 14-1 shot to come home four lengths in front of Truckin All Night.