Review cork 5th Jan

Sat 5th Jan 2013, 17:00

photoTerminal (near side) and A Fine Young Man jump the last together
©Healy Racing Photos

Willie Mullins' classy performer Blackstairmountain took full advantage of favourable race conditions to land his first jumps victory in over a year in the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle at Cork.

Twice a winner at Grade One level, the eight-year-old was sent off the 4-7 favourite and Paul Townend was content to sit in second spot as Fosters Cross built up a big lead.

The veteran was still 15 lengths clear turning into the straight but his stride shortened and Blackstairmountain swept past on the run-in to beat Arnaud by three-quarters of a length, earning a trip to Japan for the Nakayama Grand Jump.

Mullins went on to a treble, doubling up when evens favourite Midnight Oil, who has been highly tried, showed his appreciation for lesser company when smoothly taking the McCarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle by three and a quarter lengths in the hands of Davy Russell.

Terminal then made it three in the McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase, though Townend had to work harder than the 1-2 starting price suggested would be the case before he got the better of A Fine Young Man by three and a half lengths.

A real punt was landed in the four-year-olds' maiden hurdle when the Sabrina Harty-trained Dalasiri, who went off at 9-2 having been backed from 33-1, won with complete authority.

Andrew Lynch held a prominent position throughout on the grey, who had made no show on his debut nine days earlier, and was never in danger after jumping ahead four out, winning by two and three-quarter lengths.

Hot favourite Saoirse Dun was an early faller in the McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase and at the business end Sean O'Brien's bottom-weight Wilde Wit Pleasure (8-1), blinkered for the first time, got away from the last quicker than Jack Bene and won by two lengths under Davy Condon.

The winner's stablemate Golantilla (7-4 favourite) cleared away for an impressive 13-length victory in the McCarthy Insurance Group INH Flat Race.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.