Bach in business
Bachasson made a big impression for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh when taking the first race of the Galway Festival in some style.
Walsh always had the 5-4 favourite handily placed in the Galwaybayhotel.com & Radissonhotelgalway.com Novice Hurdle over two miles, before the grey drew clear of Neverushacon two flights from home.
Zafayan gave chase, but it was a largely futile exercise as Bachasson, sporting the same silks made famous by Un De Sceaux, effortlessly maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles by 16 lengths.
Mullins said: "This seems to be another lucky purchase (for owner Edward O'Connell).
"He didn't cost the earth but he's able to go and able to jump.
"He took no prisoners but that's the kind of confidence he was giving Ruby to be able to do that.
"We'll look for a nice novice for him now."
Walsh added: "He jumped super, travelled well and did it quite impressively - hopefully he can improve."
Beckwith Star (7-1) bravely landed the two-mile Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle for a second consecutive year.
Henry de Bromhead's 10-year-old looked susceptible to Defining Year at the top of the home straight, but Dermot Weld's inmate did not find as much as had been expected and could only finish third.
Plain Sailing instead came powerfully from off the pace under Danny Mullins, but he was narrowly kept at bay by the Adam O'Neill-ridden Beckwith Star, with just a head separating the protagonists as they hit the line.
De Bromhead said :"For a 10-year-old he has some heart and is very straightforward.
"He battled really well and he can do anything (over hurdles or fences) now as he has his job done.
"Fair play to Adam, he gave him a super ride and is great value for his 5lb claim."