Monday 18 November 2019

Victory salute for Military

Ruby Walsh was at his brilliant best in the McHale Engineering hurdle
Ruby Walsh was at his brilliant best in the McHale Engineering hurdle

Military Bowl broke his duck over jumps at the sixth attempt with victory in the Glebe House Stud Maiden Hurdle at Bellewstown.

A Listed winner on the Flat when trained in France, Ruby Walsh's mount moved smoothly into contention approaching the third-last as the front-running Tisamystery still held an advantage.

However, the Henry de Bromhead-trained leader made quite a bad mistake at the final flight, with Walsh quick to seize on the slip as his mount stayed on for a four-length success.

Trainer Tony Martin said of the 7-4 favourite: "I think he is a good horse, although he has had a few issues. The ground was a bit quick for him today, Ruby felt that he wasn't letting himself down on it, and yet he can't have it soft either. He'll be grand on a bit of nice ground and we will mix it between hurdles and the Flat with him."

Golden Wonder was a taking winner of the Western Motors Skoda Maiden Hurdle for Dessie Hughes and Roger Loughran. Running in the colours of former Minster for Justice Paddy Cooney and leading before three out, the 7-2 joint-favourite was a comfortable eight and a half lengths clear of Georges Conn.

Hughes said: "We were lucky they watered so well, and he got away with it. I've been looking for a three-mile hurdle for him and he'll probably go for a beginners chase now, although he would want a decent cut in the ground over fences."

Few horses in training are as tough and busy as Imperial Shabra, who recorded a deserved success in the feature Seamus Mulvaney Crockafotha Handicap Hurdle for colourful handler Oliver Brady.

Having his ninth start of 2013, and 88th career outing in all, the nine-year-old made all in the hands of Ryan Treacy, being too strong for favourite Usuel Smurfer from the last.

Brady, who celebrated his 74th birthday on Saturday, said: "I don't think there is a hardier horse in Ireland, and he's a great money-spinner. He'll head to Galway and we'll find something for him there."

Aranhill Chief was a 16-1 winner of the Panda Hurdle, but there appeared to be no fluke about the way the Stephen Mahon-trained six-year-old did it. The handler said: "He had good bumper form last year and he won here in August, but his form fell apart a bit after that and he had a touch of ringworm after his last run. We will find something in Galway."

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