Review tipperary 1st Oct

Sun 1st Oct 2017, 18:00

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Jezki served notice that he is still a force to be reckoned with a comprehensive success in the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary.

The 2014 Champion Hurdle hero looked like age was catching up with him last season but travelled like the class act he is on his return to action.

Ex Patriot took the lead off Coquin Mans two out but didn't hold the advantage for long becausep>Jezki (6-1) cruised alongside him and a slick leap at the last helped seal a four-length defeat of the rallying Coquin Mans.

That completed a double for trainer Jessica Harrington, initiated when Whirling Dervish (9-4 joint-favourite) ran out a clear-cut winner of the Athassel House Stud Irish EBF Maiden.

Sayar made it two out of two over obstacles in the Joe Mac Novice Hurdle.

So impressive on his jumping bow at Kilbeggan, Willie Mullins' even-money favourite took the step up to Grade Three company in his stride, forging two and three-quarter lengths clear of Morgan with the promise of more to come.

Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh followed up when Rathvinden registered his second Grade Three triumph in the Like A Butterfly Novice Chase.

The 4-5 favourite had his rivals on the stretch turning in and went further clear up the straight, coming home 18 lengths ahead of Ask Nile.

The champion trainer completed a treble thanks to Brahma Bull's success in the Kenyon Street Traders (C & G) (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

Psychedelic Funk (6-1) stamped his class on the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes.

Ger Lyons' colt was never too far from the pace and after making his move two furlongs out, saw out the extended seven furlongs well in the testing conditions to come home with half a length in hand of Downforce.

On The Go Again has been right at the top of his game all summer and took it to a new level with a length-and-a-half defeat of World War in the TheTote.com Handicap at odds of 5-1, while Persistent (9-2) won the Woodlands Hotel Adare Handicap Hurdle.

Rathvinden easily best in Like A Butterfly

A Grade 3 double at Tipperary for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh was completed when Rathvinden took the Like A Butterfly Novice Chase, the odds-on favourite delivering in impressive fashion.

THE IRISH TIMES