Tornado lands gamble in style

Mon 16th Apr 2018, 18:13

photoTornado Watch is ridden out by David Mullins
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By Donal Murphy
Tornado Watch landed a nice touch for his supporters in the Becks Lager Handicap Hurdle, scoring convincingly under David Mullins for his cousin Emmet.

As big as 16/1 in early shows, the nine-year-old son of Selkirk was well-backed throughout the day, opening on-course at just 10/3 before going off the second favourite at 11/4.

After racing in second, the chestnut victor hit the front from four out, and kept on well from the second last, going on to score by four and a half lengths on what was just his third start for owner/trainer Mullins..

She's Made It (16s to 12s on-course) ran well to finish second under Jody McGarvey for Padraig Roche, while Accordion Twilight (20/1) was another eight lengths back in third.

Littlestickofarubarb was the 2/1 favourite and she finished a disappointing fifth under Finian Maguire for his father Adrian.

The winning handler said afterwards: "That was great. It took us a few runs to figure him out. We were disappointed with him in Naas the last day we thought he'd go a bit better.

"After coming home and looking back on all his form, when he won he was going right-handed, and the two runs I had him for he was going left-handed.

"I think it was an advantage to be going right-handed today and thankfully it worked out."

Townends on the mark with Rashid

A better leap at the last sealed the deal for Port Rashid as Jody Townend secured her first success 'under rules' on her father Tim's gelding in the second of the maiden hurdles at Tramore.