Friendless Charmin completes Walsh double

Fri 5th May 2017, 18:48

photoPrince Charmin leads Admiral Brian on the run-in
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By Alan Magee
Ruby Walsh completed a double at Cork as Prince Charmin’ belied a major lack of market confidence to land the featured Live Concerts @Corkracecourse Handicap Hurdle.

The Tony Martin-trained gelding, put in as the 3/1 favourite this morning, was friendless on track and drifted right out to an 8/1 chance by the off.

Walsh gave the four-year-old son of High Chaparral a very patient ride and waited until near the last before mounting his challenge.

His mount stayed on well on the run-in to beat 9/2 favourite Admiral Brian by two and a quarter lengths, with Platinum Empress another two and three quarter lengths back in third.

Walsh was on the mark earlier with 2/5 favourite Royal Hawk for Willie Mullins.

Martin said, "He was very good the last day in Limerick and did it well today. He obviously learned from the last day and the ground was ideal for him and everything went to plan.

"He had a few runs during the winter and it taught him a bit. He's small and isn't up to carrying big weights but will mix it during the summer."

(TW & AM)

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