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.
Mullins and Walsh again had to settle for second in the Christmas Party Race Day On 15th December At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle, as Champagne Agent couldn't fend off the attentions of High Desert.
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.
Dual Grade One bumper winner Champagne Fever will now try to win at the top level over jumps following his maiden hurdle success last weekend.