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Ruby Walsh shines in class win at Downpatrick

By Ron McKnight

Top jockey Ruby Walsh showed his quality at Downpatrick to claim the Byerley Maiden Hurdle on Sarwistan, triumphing in a close finish to beat favourite John Monash by a neck.

Sarwistan's trainer Tony Martin hailed the influence of master craftsman Walsh.

"What can you say - he got a very canny ride from Ruby," said Martin.

"Any race is hard to win but he's gone and done it. He'll mix it on the flat and over hurdles - he's only coming to himself now.

"The Downpatrick management has done a smashing job with the ground - it's in lovely condition and safe jumping ground."

Sligo handler Mark McNiff maintained his excellent record at Downpatrick when Urban Dusk completed back-to-back victories at the course with regular rider Derek Fox aboard.

Urban Dusk is owned by the eight-man Sligo Racing Club who were singing in the winners enclosure after the race.

Gordon Elliott's Altiepix, with Bryan Cooper in the saddle, readily landed the EBF Hurdle.

The Meath trainer was absent having departed for America to see Eshtiaal - owned by football agents Mark McKay and Bill Salthouse - run in the American National while Barry Geraghty has travelled over to partner the horse in today's race.

The Celebrating 330 Years Later Chase was won by Down Time from One Fine Morning.

Punters took note that Danny Mullins was riding for his father Tony who was having a rare runner at the track with Battling Boru in the Captain Byerley Chase and it paid dividends, Boru battling home to score.

Tony Mullins said: "He's a natural jumper and really loves an uphill finish - he just finds another gear."

There were also victories for The Mooch and Concience.

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