Heavenly Clonmel ride for Dempsey
Luke Dempsey continued his excellent run of form with a fine front-running ride on Heavenly Brook (7-1) in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase at Clonmel.
The claimer has been firing in the winners of late and got a fine tune out of the Keith Watson-trained gelding, who was scoring for only the second time in 29 outings.
The 11-year-old was challenged by De Benno and He Rock's late on, but pulled out some more to win by two and a half lengths from the latter.
2-1 favourite Coolaghknock Glebe fell four out.
Watson's son Marshall said, "That was overdue and no horse in Irish racing deserved it more!
"He'll run in the Ulster National next and stays very well."
Dempsey said, "He got into a great rhythm and jumped from fence to fence. He gave me a great spin. He's happy bowling along in front and was winging fences. It's been a great few weeks for me."
Kilford produced a gutsy front-running display to open her NH account in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Hurdle.
The nine-year-old was quickly at the head of affairs under Harley Dunne and showed a good attitude when challenged by Perfect Woman to pull four and a half lengths clear of the 2-1 favourite.
Westerner Point (2-1fav) was popular with the punters ahead of the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle and didn't disappoint his supporters as he beat Frankie Ballou by a length and a half.
Curragh Na Gold built on some promising efforts in maiden company when justifying 3-1 favouritism in the Carrick-On-Suir Mares Handicap Hurdle.
David Kelly's mare took up the running off the home turn and although put under pressure by the Good As Gold after the last, she kept on well to record a winning margin of a length and three-quarters.
After finishing second on his last two starts, The Grey Guy gained a deserved success in the Comeragh Handicap Hurdle.
The Brian O'Keefe-trained gelding led the into the home straight but the writing looked to be on wall as Fiddlers Way travelled menacingly in behind.
However, Robert Tyner's runner appeared to not quite see out the trip tackling three miles for the first time and the winner held on by half a length.
There was drama in the Slievenamon Beginners Chase, which went the way of 15-8 favourite Leighinmohr.
Horse No Name blazed a trail and after being joined by the winner turning for home, the pair battled it out on the run in.
The result was still in the balance when Paul Nolan's inmate fell at the last fence, leaving Andrew Lynch to coast home a distance clear of Dawerann on the 15-8 favourite.
Sizinguptheamazon (4-1) upset the well-backed Augustin when galloping two and three-quarter lengths clear of the 4-7 favourite in the closing Ardfinnan Flat Race.