Lifetime best performance seals victory
Day Of A Lifetime staked a claim for a ticket to the Cheltenham Festival in the Frank Conroy Memorial Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown yesterday.
The 100-30 favourite had disappointed in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at last year's Festival but made no mistake on his jumps debut as he landed a cosy success by two and a half lengths from Gift Of Dgab. Quotes range from 14-1 to 20s about Day Of A Lifetime for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Willie Mullins, whose horse Hurricane Fly won the Irish Champion Hurdle yesterday to make it a Leopardstown double for the trainer, said: “We'll try to get another run into him before Cheltenham but it may not be possible to run him again before the Festival.
“He'll be entered for both the Supreme Novices' and the Neptune,” he added.
Realt Dubh, the 5-2 favourite, just edged out Noble Prince in a superb finish to the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase.
There was nothing between the two from the final fence, but it was the Noel Meade-trained Realt Dubh, ridden by Paul Carberry, who was a short head to the good at the line. Mr Cracker was third.
Meade said: “He jumped brilliantly and a strong-run two miles seems to suit.
“He'll go for the Arkle at Cheltenham now and, looking further down the line, the Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.”