Treble joy for russell
Davy Russell underlined his title ambitions with a sparkling 15/1 treble at Thurles yesterday, culminating in Sea Of Thunder's success in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle, Charles Byrnes' even-money favourite beating Back In A Tic by two and a half lengths.
Russell's run started when Shop DJ ran out a convincing winner of the opening mares chase for trainer Peter Fahey. The 13/8 favourite had eased into a narrow lead over Golden Sunbird when that rival took a crashing fall at the last, allowing Russell to ease the six-year-old to an eight-length win over Our Victoria.
Russell made it a quick double in the next event when the Dessie Hughes-trained Rivage D'Or opened his account over fences in the staying novice chase. The 9/4 favourite took closer order at the second last and came away up the run-in to score by four lengths from Toon River.
Pineau De Re proved strongest in a highly competitive Premier County Hurdle. Philip Fenton's gelding finished well to beat Rigour Back Bob by two lengths.
Jim Culloty's Barel Of Laughs belied a lack of chasing experience when beating more seasoned rivals in the staying handicap chase under Tom Doyle, and Magdoodle rallied gamely to capture the concluding 2m6f handicap hurdle.
Thegondolier caused an upset in the juvenile hurdle: Patrick Prendergast's 33/1 shot made all under Alan Crowe.