Two for Hughes & Cooper with Minsk
A happy pair - Bryan Cooper and Minsk
Cooper let the very useful flat-performer, Minsk (4/9) stride on going to five out. Glens Melody (5/2), losing her unbeaten record here, tried to chase Minsk down from before the straight but she was always fighting a losing battle and she kept going at the same pace from before the final hurdle to post a satisfactory initial effort over timber.
Cooper revealed: "I was very impressed and he jumped from hurdle to hurdle and he quickened going to the last.
"It's nice to get that out of the way and he's certainly one to look forward to. He gave me a totally different feel compared to his last hurdle run at Fairyhouse.
"He was keen from the start and that's why I went on down the back straight."
William Hill go 16/1 about Minsk for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.(AM & EM)
He may have been without representation in the cross-country event at Cheltenham yesterday but Enda Bolger was back in his normal spot, the number one berth, after Punchestown's Crystal Cup Trial Risk Of Thunder Steeplechase today.