fairyhouse 21st Nov
Twigline and Ruby Walsh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Blood Cotil looked a juvenile hurdler with a bright future when he ran out a facile winner of the Racegoer's 25euro Package 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Ridden with restraint by Ruby Walsh, the 4-9 favourite cruised upsides Haraziban approaching the last and was not hard pressed to score by 17 lengths.
Arthur Moore's 8-1 chance took an age to get on terms despite appearing to be travelling the better in the home straight, but Gareth Malone galvanised him after the last to score by a length and a half.
Twigline eventually gave Mullins and Walsh a well-earned double as she defied an absence of 934 days to land the Fairyhouse Membership 2013 Maiden Hurdle.
Held up just off the pace, the 10-11 favourite still had a fair bit to make up two out, but she showed a nice turn of foot to accelerate past her rivals and beat King Of The Refs by three and three-quarter lengths.
Gillian O'Callaghan's Doc Hollywood (9-4 favourite) shrugged off the burden of top weight to land the Special Offers At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle, coming home a length and a half clear of Blazing Sonnet under Keith Donoghue.
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