Anonis off to a good start
Published 26/12/2012 | 20:12
Anonis made a pleasing start to his career over obstacles in the Q8 OILS Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown.
The Margaret Mullins-trained six-year-old flew up the famous Cheltenham hill to spring a surprise in a Listed bumper last month and was an 11-4 chance for what looked a warm race on his hurdling bow.
Partnered by the trainer's son Danny Mullins, Anonis moved up to challenge the strong-travelling The Papparazi Kid before the final flight. The two of them settled down to fight it out and Anonis won the argument by a length and three-quarters.
The winning trainer said: "I am delighted. He was green as I thought he would be.
"He had a problem last Christmas but he came through it well and we didn't get that schooling into him. We were just trying to get him back on the track. He schooled well since Cheltenham.
"He is a nice horse. He is good and tough. He will have another couple of runs over hurdles before we decide where he will go.
"I'm delighted for Barry (Connell, owner) as he said to run him today even if he wouldn't win.
"He is a good horse and is a three-miler so that run will have sharpened him up today. That was only his third run. He came from Germany and wasn't broken until he was four."
Katie Walsh guided 7-1 shot Jacksonslady to victory in the Racing Post All You Need For Irish Racing Handicap Chase, while the concluding bumper went to 10-1 chance Moyle Park.