Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Easy for Approach

Final Approach

County Hurdle winner Final Approach had no trouble landing short odds in the McCarthy Insurance Group 60th Hurdle at Cork.

Willie Mullins' six-year-old also claimed the valuable MCR Hurdle last season and was far from disgraced when upped to Grade One class in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle behind Vole La Vedette last time out.

Sent off the 30-100 favourite, Final Approach never came out of second gear under Ruby Walsh to beat Little Green by two and three-quarter lengths.

Mullins said: "It will be hard to find another race as easy as this. He will go for a Graded race next, probably the Tara Hurdle at Navan."

Mullins and Walsh then doubled up with Simenon in the McCarthy Insurance Group 60th Maiden Hurdle.

Formerly with Andrew Balding on the level, where he finished second in the Sandown Classic Trial as a three-year-old, he had finished only fifth on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse.

The 4-6 market leader knew much more about the job this time, however, and barely came off the bridle to beat Party Rock, a son of Vinnie Roe, by a yawning 23 lengths.

Simenon looked a cut above his rivals and may be one for the festivals in the spring.

"We were disappointed with him the last day but that was a big improvement today, and we'll keep him to the minimum trip as he has loads of gears," said Mullins.

"He will go for a novice hurdle next and we will see what he can do. Easter time might be perfect for him on better ground."

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