Bosman rules in Cork contest
Bosman Rule left some useful types trailing in his wake as he powered away with the McCarthy Insurance Group Rated Novice Hurdle at Cork.
Willie Mullins' second string was sent off the outsider of the field at 10-1 and having been settled in second by Paul Townend as Velocity Boy led in the testing conditions, he took over on the turn towards the straight.
Stablemate Valyssa Monterg was already a spent force at that stage and was soon pulled up, while Bosman Rule, who has been let down by his jumping before now, hurdled well on this drop down to two miles and galloped on strongly to account for The Herds Garden by 11 lengths.
Townend said: "That was a nice surprise, and he stuck at it well. It's really testing ground and he jumped better over two miles, where he was able to attack his hurdles. He jumped and galloped right to the line. Maybe the penny is just dropping with him."
Urano gave Mullins cause for optimism when he led from the off to record an easy victory on his fencing debut in the McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase.
Often frustrating during a hurdles career in which the ex-French gelding won just one race in 11 attempts, it could be a different story now as he made the switch to the bigger obstacles look easy in the hands of Ruby Walsh.
The evens favourite barely put a foot wrong and stretched away going to the final fence to beat Drumlee by 13 lengths.
Mullins said: "He wasn't bought as a chaser and was bought as a hurdler, but maybe this is his job and he seemed to take to it well.
"We thought he might be good enough to run in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, but he has had a disappointing hurdling career. It looked like longer trips were suiting him better, but maybe he is now coming to himself.
"He could be a Power Gold Cup horse, but I hate making plans with him as he has disappointed in the past and I'd be happy if he just kept winning races."
In-form jockey Mark Walsh eased clear from the second-last in the familiar JP McManus colours to record a facile success by eight lengths on the Martin Brassil-trained Vent De La Cote (2-1 favourite) in the second version of the McCarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle.
The trainer said: "I wasn't overloaded with confidence and was surprised how well he handled the ground. I thought he'd want it better. I t's hard to pick a maiden hurdle without a Willie Mullins or Gordon Elliott runner and you have to go down the country for one of those. He'll go down the handicap route now."
The first version of the maiden went to Jessica Harrington's 7-4 favourite Walk To Freedom, who shared pacesetting duties with Lisa's Legacy before striding away heading to the last to win by six and a half lengths under Robbie Power.
Only five went to post for the McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase, but it provided a dramatic finish when the whole complexion of the contest changed at the third-last fence.
Former Thyestes Chase hero Jadanli was in the process of running a big race when the veteran came down while leading, and he was soon followed by If Not For You, who held every chance at the time.
That left recent Tramore scorer Bothair Clei in front with Sizing Coal breathing down his neck, and Daniel Murphy's 5-2 shot proved to have most in the locker, going on to score by a length and a half under Philip Enright.
Murphy said: "It was hard to know what would have happened with the two fallers, but he won snug enough.
"There's a handicap chase I've had in mind for him at Naas in February over two and a half miles for novices. He's definitely able to step up in trip and he might make the four-miler at Cheltenham, although I don't know whether he'll go there."