leopardstown 28th Dec
Tidal Bay wins a thrilling renewal of the Lexus
(Healy Racing Photos)
The was race billed as a rematch between John Durkan one-two Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs, and they certainly played their part, but Ruby Walsh stole the show on the 11-year-old Tiday Bay (9-2).< Flemenstar tanked through the race and hit the front as China Rock weakened coming to the last, but the favourite couldn't repel First Lieutenant, who looked to have done enough to prevail before Walsh forged between them in the dying strides to score by a head.< Flemenstar held the fast-finishing Sir Des Champs for third in a tightly-bunched finish.
Walsh seized the opportunity, throwing everything atp>Back In Focus on the run up to the line, and he got there by a head.
Walsh also left it late on the Mullins-trained Supreme Carolina in the Star Best For Racing Christmas Rated Hurdle, edging out Persian Gayel by half a length.
Patrick Mullins will have to wait until tomorrow for another attempt to set a new amateur riding record as Bally Longford the 7/4 joint favourite faded after cutting out the pace in the bumper at Leopardstown.