Mogol makes it look easy
Kauto Grand Mogol easily won an intriguing four-horse race for the Exit 6 To The Horse & Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle at Thurles.
A half-brother to the legendary Kauto Star, Liz Doyle's runner was sent off the 9-10 favourite for this drop in class having disappointed when well beaten in a Grade Two event at Navan on his last start.
There were no such alarms this time as he was travelling strongly on the turn into the straight and cruised into the lead under Brian O'Connell at the penultimate flight before bounding clear to beat Bosman Rule by 32 lengths.
Draycott Place came down at the final flight after looking sure to occupy second spot, though he was well beaten at the time.
"I was quite hopeful going to Navan but he never travelled or jumped or picked up the bit. I'm hoping to draw a line through that run as he was completely flat and dead and that isn't like him," said Doyle.
"He was back to what he should be doing there and I'll run him back in Graded company at the end of January or in February next. I'm hoping he's better than the Navan run, though."
Fosters Cross gave young rider David Mullins his first winner as a professional when rolling back the years with the 13th success of his career in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle.
The 12-year-old (14-1) provided the 7lb claimer, son of trainer Tom Mullins, with a red-letter day in what was a typically game performance, reeling in Mrs Mac Veale going to the final flight and scampering clear to score by three and three-quarter lengths.
The 18-year-old rider said: "He was the perfect horse to start with and he owes myself or dad nothing at this stage. Coming to the last I took a pull and he had plenty left after the last."
The trainer added: "Fosters Cross has had a hard season and didn't run too bad for Bryan Cooper at Punchestown the last day. We freshened him up and he really came back to himself in the last 10 days and it was a nice pot to get. He'll probably pull out again at Leopardstown over Christmas.
"I'm thrilled to give David his first win as a professional and he rode him very professionally. He wasn't put off turning professional by any of his uncles!"
It was the turn of another branch of the family to repeat the trick when trainer Willie Mullins and his son Patrick hit the target with the highly regarded Lyrical Theatre.
However, the 2-7 shot made hard work of landing the odds in the Gift Horse Gallery Horse & Jockey Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle, only getting on top close home to deny Annagh Haven by a length going away.
"She wasn't impressive, but I was in two minds with her whether to go hurdling straight away or wait until next season and might have rushed the decision," said the trainer.
"I normally would have waited and put her away until next season, but thought her class might see her through. I'm hoping to go to the bigger tracks with her and she'll go for a novice hurdle next."
The jockey had a much easier time in the Curaheen INH Flat Race when the yard's point-to-point winner Pylonthepressure was sent off the 2-5 favourite and carried the Ricci silks to success by six and a half lengths without breaking sweat.
Mullins snr said; "He is a fine, big, chasing stamp of a horse and acted well on that ground. He'll have one more run and if he repeats that, he will go to Cheltenham for the bumper. I think he'll go on much faster ground."
RaceBets introduced Pylonthepressure at 16-1 for the Champion Bumper in March.
Wrath Of Titans has bumped into stronger opposition recently than he encountered in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle and Sandra Hughes's evens favourite showed his appreciation by surging seven and a half lengths clear in the hands of Bryan Cooper.