Enright steps in to take prize
Phillip Enright made the most of a chance ride on The Boat People to lift the valuable KWD Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.
Enright got the mount on Henry de Bromhead's 7-1 shot in the feature race after Andrew Lynch was stood down after taking a tumble from Charnley in the opener. He grasped the chance with both hands, making all to score by a length and a quarter from Mister Hotelier, with Now This Is It third.
"Andrew got the fall on his shoulder, he thinks it's OK but he has been stood down for the day. It is unfortunate for him, but Phillip gave this fellow a super ride," said De Bromhead.
"I'm delighted for the lads (the owners), they bought him last winter and he has improved with every run. They love going to Aintree, so we will probably aim him at one of the lesser two-mile handicaps there."
Paddy The Celeb had to work hard to make a winning debut over jumps in the Killarney Plaza Hotel Maiden Hurdle.
Mick Halford's seven-year-old was sent off the 11-8 favourite on the strength of some decent form on the Flat, and his ability on the level proved useful as he was pressed from two out by Indian Outlook but was able to shrug Adrian Maguire's charge aside to score by a length under Andrew McNamara.
Halford, who went on to a double with Opera Gloves on the Flat, said: "He jumped away well. The ground is well watered and it is good and safe. He was entitled to win a race like this and we will probably look for a novice for him now.
"Andrew said that he wasn't that quick away from the back of his hurdles, but he was nice and clean, and a good jump at the last probably won it for him. He is fierce genuine, but you won't see him on heavy ground. If you see him over the winter it will be at Dundalk."
Baidin Fheilimi (11-2) came out on top in a three-way finish to the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle to supplement her victory at Cork last Sunday.
Patrick Cronin's seven-year-old, ridden by Pierce Gallagher, had a rival on either side in the fierce run to the line but got the verdict by half a length from Shantalla. The favourite Ballyfinboy was just behind in third.
Cronin, who owns and bred the mare as well, said: "It is unbelievable to win two races in a week, and if she is OK after this the obvious race to go for is the mares handicap hurdle at Listowel. Pierce gave her a great ride, he is probably the best 5lb claimer in the country."