Bahrain Storm in form for Galway bid
Bahrain Storm showed his well-being ahead of a bid to win successive Arthur Guinness Galway Hurdles later this month when striking at Tipperary.
Pat Flynn's seven-year-old stormed past 2006 Galway hero Cuan Na Grai to win the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle in tremendous style.
Taking it up between the final two flights, Bahrain Storm (3-1) was five lengths clear of Cuan Na Grai at the line. Cooper's Crest was third.
“We knew he was in savage order coming here today and we'll head for the Galway Hurdle again next — this win will leave him spot-on for it,” said Flynn.
“He has 11st 8lb at Galway and I might claim 7lb off him then. This was a fine stepping stone for him.”
David Casey guided Glenstal Abbey (9-4) to a debut win over fences in the Family Day Beginners Chase.
The six-year-old led home one-two for owner JP McManus as Wise Old Owl stayed on for minor honours.
“I'm delighted with that as he jumped well enough and although it is hard to know what to make of the race, he seemed to be idling,” said trainer Charlie Swan. “We'll probably skip Galway as it may come a bit soon.”
Pom Flyer (3-1) overcame some alarming jumping errors to take the Packie Downey Memorial Chase in the hands of Barry Geraghty. Pom Flyer jumped badly left at the second-last obstacle and with the race at his mercy, got the last wrong.
Winning trainer Francis Flood's son Fran said: “I'm delighted to have finally won a chase with Pom Flyer. Tipperary's tight track suits him better than the likes of Punchestown and Leopardstown.”
Meanwhile, Peter Bowen's sterling efforts trawling the motorways of England and Wales were rewarded as Tout Regulier continued her prolific run in the Claydon Horse Exercisers Novices' Hurdle at Stratford.
Bowen had made the mammoth return trip from South Wales to Market Rasen for two winners on Saturday and was on the road just hours later heading to the Midlands.
And thankfully Tout Regulier made the trip worthwhile as the 1-4 favourite followed up last weekend's success at the track to make it four wins from five starts for her new stable.
Bowen said: “I'll have driven 1,000 miles over the weekend by the time I get home tonight.
“We got back at 2am this morning from Market Rasen and I was up again at 5am. I'm not tired though — I am used to it and plenty of Red Bull helps.”