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Val stars in Walsh double

Ruby Walsh hit the target with a double at Tramore thanks to the maiden victories of Valyssa Monterg and Cappacurry Zak.

Willie Mullins' mare Valyssa Monterg was an odds-on failure on her Irish debut at Thurles but enjoyed the drop down in trip to two miles for the Online Tickets From Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The winner of three bumpers in France, she had only long-time leader Mystic Lass to beat after Silver Sally slipped up going to two out, and the 1-2 favourite settled the issue with a slick jump at the last before getting away quickly to pass the post with four and a half lengths to spare.

Mullins said: "Bringing her back in trip and the change of tactics made the difference. We will probably keep her more to that trip in future. I would prefer better ground than that for her but we aren't going to get much nicer ground until the spring. Hopefully she will improve away."

Walsh added: "I got things a bit wrong on her at Thurles. I rode her much differently today, she stayed on well and she had a bit more up her sleeve."

The jockey's double came up with a patient ride on the Leslie Young-trained Cappacurry Zak in the 2015 Tramore Annual Badge Great Gift For Christmas Maiden Hurdle.

Speed Demon built up a good lead, but Walsh was biding his time on the 3-1 shot and gave chase on the long run to the second-last, closing up before taking over between the final flights to score by a length and three-quarters from Perfect Woman.

Young said: "It was probably a funny sort of race, but he got the job done and that is the main thing. Chasing will be his game. We will look for something over Christmas with him. The way the horse went off in front made it an awkward ride and he had a lot to do to peg him back. I'd say Ruby has won on every horse he has rode for me."

Robbie McNamara notched his first success since joining the professional ranks with a cool ride on Daniel Murphy's Bothair Clei (10-1) in the Follow Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Beginners Chase, grabbing long-time leader Company Coming close home to win by half a length.

The trainer said: "We will see what the handicapper does before we decide on where to go next. I thought the track mightn't suit him here as he's more of a staying type of horse. In fairness he travelled well and jumped well. I'll see what is in Limerick for him."

It was all change in the closing stages of the Waterford & Tramore Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle when The Bold Beckey threw it away with a bad jump at the last and Andrew Lynch drove Henry de Bromhead's Budtairis (8-1) past Indian Fairy late on to score by a length and a quarter.

Peter McCreery's 6-1 co-favourite Miss Faithful shed her maiden tag at the 22nd attempt as she picked off the leaders jumping the final flight in the Handicap Hurdle and skipped clear under Brian Hayes to win by three and a half lengths.

The trainer said: "She deserved that. She had been knocking on the door for a bit and the competition probably wasn't as good today. She ran behind some good ones last year in maidens like The Tullow Tank and she got highly handicapped. She is getting into her own class now and she will stay a bit further."

James Dullea's 10-1 chance West Of The Edge hit the front going to two out in the Waterford & Tramore Directors Handicap Chase and cleared away to score by eight and a half lengths in the hands of Declan Queally.


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