Fairyhouse: Twinlight shines for Mullins
One of the biggest gambles of the Irish National Hunt season was landed when Willie Mullins' Twinlight won the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Hurdle at Fairyhouse — it looked unlikely two from home.
Ruby Walsh was hard at work rounding the home turn in fifth place when the runaway leader, Chaperoned, took a heavy fall.
Fearless Falcon then came down at the same flight, who in turned interfered with Devils Bit, who also hit the deck.
Backed from 5-1 in the morning into 5-4 favouritism, Twinlight still made heavy weather of things, but held off Rocky Wednesday by three lengths.
Mullins said: “We'll head to Punchestown with Twinlight, but I've no immediate race in mind.”
Mullins soon doubled up when 6-1 chance Lambro, ridden by Emmet Mullins, came up trumps following a protracted duel with Mackeys Forge in the Coolmore NH Sires Ask & Getaway Novice Hurdle.
Last Instalment, the 3-1 favourite, was always prominent but grew weary on the run-in.
Willie Mullins added: “I really don't know how good Lambro is and we put him in hoping for, but not expecting, a win.”
The Davy Russell-ridden Jack Cool (5-1 joint-favourite) then showed plenty of grit to repel Action Master in the www.thetote.|com Handicap Hurdle.
Trainer Charles Byrnes said: “He is a very straightforward horse and to win here was a real bonus. He'll be heading up to Graded company now but unfortunately isn't entered in any of the novice races at Punchestown next week - he'll go chasing at some stage, too.”
Sadler’s Wells died on Tuesday evening, aged 30.
The remarkable sire passed away from natural causes at his home at Coolmore, in County Tipperary, where he had resided since retiring to stud in 1984.
Sadler's Wells' offspring include champions Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral and Yeats.
Coolmore manager Christy Grassick said: “We all feel privileged to have been involved with such a special horse.
“His influence looks set to continue for many years to come.”
The son of Northern Dancer was trained by Vincent O'Brien, winning the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes as a three-year-old.
Owned by Robert Sangster, Sadler's Wells was named champion sire in Great Britain and Ireland 14 times.
Grassick added: “He was undoubtedly the best sire Europe has ever seen and through his sons Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral and Yeats, along with grandsons Hurricane Run and Rip Van Winkle, he has left a wonderful legacy at Coolmore.”