fairyhouse 5th Feb
Rock Critic is clear of Seabass and Make Your Mark at Fairyhouse
(Healy Racing Photos)
Rock Critic looked a class performer as he kept his unbeaten record intact with an impressive success in the Racegoer's 25 Euros Package Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Dermot Weld's eight-year-old (9-4) tracked market leader Make Your Mark in the two-mile contest and after Robbie McNamara sent him up to dispute the lead jumping the third-last, he eased ahead between the final two flights before coasting in by three and a quarter lengths.
Last season's Grand National third Seabass made a pleasing return to action as he ran on strongly to take second spot late on, and Ted Walsh looks likely to give him one more run before he heads back to Aintree.
The Paul Nolan-trained Defy Logic, a bumper winner at the track, could hardly have done it more easily as he took the Great Value Corporate Hospitality At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle on his first start over obstacles.
Mark Walsh led all the way on the 4-6 favourite, who had the race won when Mad Brian, the only one to chase him thoughout, unseated at the final flight, and he eased home 34 lengths clear of Raise Hell.
Grey Monk was sent off the 4-5 favourite to step up on his promising debut third behind Ned Buntline at Leopardstown in the Book On-Line At fairyhouse.ie For Special Offers Maiden Hurdle, but Henry de Bromhead's charge could not cope with Balnagon Boy.
Robbie Power just got Jim Culloty's Smart Money (5-1) home by a head after a thrilling nip-and-tuck battle with favourite Quartetto in the Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle, with the surging Passing Through another head behind.
No sooner had Dunroe Boy taken the lead two out in the Tote Sports Lounge Novice Handicap Hurdle than Paul Carberry flew past on Noel Brett's Dactik (14-1), who took a chance at the last but ran out a comfortable winner by seven and a half lengths.
She might have been easy-to-back but Railway Zira (4s this morning out to 7s) again highlighted David Harry Kelly's talents as a trainer when coming off a 146 day break to take the concluding Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race under Pa King.