Dominant show from Domination
Domination continued his smooth progress this season with an assured victory in the feature JP McManus Hurdle at Cork.
Trainer Charles Byrnes is considering running the gelding (2-9 favourite) in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October, but he is just as talented over hurdles as he is on the Flat.
Silk Hall cut out most of the running until an error four out, where Supreme Doc took over, but Domination was coasting in behind them and when Davy Russell nudged him into the lead after the second-last, the six-year-old was soon in an unassailable position and extended his advantage to three lengths at the line without raising a sweat.
Byrnes said: "I'm delighted he didn't get a hard race. He might have a wee break now with the English Cesarewitch on October 12 as his target. He's very ground dependant, though. He wants good ground. Davy said it wasn't good enough for him down the back straight.
"He hates soft ground and won't run during the winter. We'll have a look at a conditions hurdle for him in Galway in September because we could be waiting for the Cesarewitch and the ground could go against us.
"He would jump a fence if you wanted him to, but there's more money over hurdles, for the time being."
There was a 50-1 shock in the Follow Cork Racecourse On Facebook Mares Maiden Hurdle when Go Deimhin, who had plenty to do turning in, led going to the last under David Splaine and forged two and a quarter lengths clear.
Training Go Deimhin was "worse than being married to a woman who was nagging you every day", trainer William Hayes quipped, adding: "We had terrible trouble with her. We had an awful time of it. She gave us ladies' troubles and scoped dirty in between races. It was an amount of frustration. The win was down to divine and extreme patience."
Patrick Cronin's 16-1 shot Baidin Fheilimi collared long-time leader Samantha Jones going to the last in the Munster Handicap Hurdle and surged clear to win by six lengths under Pierce Gallagher.
Cronin, who bred, owns and trains the seven-year-old mare, said: "I'm a farmer and I've a few broodmares and point-to-pointers. It's a family outfit and we all help out. We have the licence three or four years and this is my third winner on the track. She'll go to Killarney for an opportunity handicap hurdle."