Busted flush with success
Busted Tycoon snatched the verdict in a thrilling three-way finish to the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Maiden Hurdle at Tramore.
The Willie Mullins-trained Dougal Philps, carrying the Blackstairmountain colours of Susannah Ricci, looked like making all the running for Paul Townend as he was 10 lengths clear at one stage, but he tied up and was grabbed in the dying strides.
It was the Tony Martin-trained Busted Tycoon (14-1) who prevailed by a head under Martin Ferris, with Age Of Glory second and Dougal Philps only third.
Martin said: "She's a nice filly and appreciated that better ground. Hopefully she'll win a couple of novices over the summer."
The Mark Walsh-ridden Time Please (11-4) just held the late flourish of Treacy Hotels Boy to lift the Online Booking At www.tramore-racecourse.com Maiden.
Edward O'Grady's five-year-old was left clear when Henry de Bromhead's Knockeenonthedoor sprawled on landing after jumping the second-last, and it was that horse's stablemate who produced a late dash that only failed by a neck.
O'Grady said: Thank God they haven't moved the winning post here! He might make a nice chaser, but could go handicap hurdling first. It's nice to have a home-bred winner (bred by Noreen McManus, wife of owner JP McManus)."
De Bromhead and jockey Philip Enright went one better when Beckwith Star (5-1) defied the steadier of 11st 12lb in the Graun Hill Suite Perfect For Parties Handicap Hurdle. Jumping into the lead at the last, the top-weight kept Breeze With Ease at bay by three and a quarter lengths.
The trainer said: "I'm delighted with that and it's great for Herb (Stanley, owner), who has been a great supporter of ours.
"He had problems through the winter and we had to back off a bit with him, but he seems to be coming back to himself now. He's a great jumper and a nice chaser. I don't usually run horses as quick, but we'll look at Fairyhouse on Tuesday for him."