clonmel 15th Nov
Another good leap from Tarla under Ruby Walsh at Clonmel
(Healy Racing Photos)
Sizing Europe put his rivals to the sword with a scintillating display in the feature Clonmel Oil Chase at Clonmel.
Henry de Bromhead's superstar was sent off the 1-7 favourite for the Grade Two contest having won his only start this season at Gowran in October, and he jumped very well as Rathlin took them along.
Andrew Lynch sent him into the lead four out and the race was quickly over as he opened up a big gap, popping nicely over the final two fences to coast in 20 lengths clear of Magnanimity.
High-class hurdler Tarla was pitched straight into Grade Three company for her introduction to fences and took it all in her stride to romp away with the EBF TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase.
Ruby Walsh set off in front on Willie Mullins' six-year-old (11-8 favourite), who made unhindered progress as she had her rivals in trouble before the straight and coasted in to beat Our Girl Salley by eight lengths.
Oliver McKiernan sprung a surprise when Whatuthink landed the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on Sunday and the same colours were back in the winner's enclosure when Quietly Fancied took the Clonmel Oil Service Staion Handicap Hurdle.
The absence of Lord Of Lords appeared to have gifted the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle to 1-4 favourite The Paparrazi Kid, but Dushybeag (7-1) was sent into a big lead by Adrian Heskin and Michael Hourigan's five-year-old kept on to win by 21 lengths.
Christy Roche's Code Of The West (9-1) travelled best into the straight in the Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Chase and had it sewn up at the last under Jody McGarvey before winning by a length and three-quarters.
Most unusually for backers of the Willie Mullins bumper horses, they had their fingers burnt for the second day in succession when another former point-to-point horse, 4/9 shot (from 8/13), Turnandgo failed to cope with Hawaii Five Nil in the concluding Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile INH Flat Race.