Harrington hits bulls-eye
Former smart Flat performer The Bull Hayes opened his account over timber in the Tote Pick Six At 20,000 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Having been well beaten on his last start at Cork, he was sent off a 5-1 chance under Barry Geraghty but after cruising past Tony McCoy on 5-4 jolly Ballyburke rounding the turn for home the race was over as a contest, and he ran out an easy 12-length winner.
Trainer Jessie Harrington said: "He just doesn't like too much hard work at home, if the sand gets too deep he doesn't like that, so we do a lot of work on grass and he seems to love it. We'll have a look at the programme book and see where we go."
Noel Meade was in double form with the McCoy-ridden Rahan De Marcigny (7-2) in the www.thetote.com Beginners Chase and Across The Bay (20-1) in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle.
"Every time he ran in chases I fancied him because he works so well, but he was pulled up at halfway in the Paddy Power Chase," said Meade of the latter.
"Today though, after he jumped the second hurdle, he seemed to prick his ears and say to himself 'these aren't too big!' and away he went. We'll aim him at the Pertemps Final now."
Dermot Weld's Waaheb (11-8 favourite) looks to have a huge future after a stroll in the www.leopardstown.com (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race under Robbie McNamara.
Weld won the race 12 months ago with Hidden Universe and thinks this one could be just as good.
He said: "I think he'll make a very nice hurdle horse and a chaser, but he's still very immature. I think we'll go to Limerick for the championship bumper there, then we'll leave him off for the summer and go jumping next autumn."