thurles 17th Jan
Mikael D'Haguenet and Ruby Walsh fly home at Thurles
(Healy Racing Photos)
Quito De La Roque got back to winning ways with a solid round of jumping in the Grade Two Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles.
A dramatic last-flight blunder from odds-on favourite Djakadam gifted the www.thurles.ie Maiden Hurdle to Kilmainham.
Ruby Walsh had taken the lead approaching the last on Djakadma, but ended up clinging to the horse's neck after a blunder, before finally parting company.
Walsh could have been forgiven some trepidation after dusting himself off that fall to ride recent Limerick faller Mikael D'Haguenet in the W.T. O'Grady Memorial EBF Novice Chase, but the 1-2 chance never gave him a moment's worry.
Though a little slower through the air than Western Leader early on, he galloped on remorselessly and eventually came home 12 lengths clear of He'llberemembered.
Walsh and Mullins endured another mishap when Tarla came down two out in the Fame And Glory & Sans Frontieres Coolmore NH Sires EBF Mares Novice Chase.
Mullins and Walsh were back in the winner's enclosure in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle when 4-6 favourite Ballycasey landed the spoils with aplomb.
Mullins made it a treble when Patrick Mullins guided Equus Maximus (9-1) home in the Arctic Tack Stud Hunters Chase, while 10-1 chance Sherika took the Leugh Handicap Hurdle for Grainne O'Connor and Mark Enright.
Rarely is a Willie Mullins-trained winner greeted with relish by the layers at the end of a card but such was the case when Equus Maximus scored under Patrick Mullins in the finale at Thurles, the Arctic Tack Stud Hunters Chase.