Clondaw now Cheltenham Bumper fav
Home alone - Clondaw Court and Patrick Mullins
(Healy Racing Photos)
It doesn't look like he was beating much but you couldn't fail to be impressed with the way the former Colin Bowe-trained point-to-pointer disposed of the opposition. Clondaw Court (2/5 fav) effortlessly stretched away up the straight to slam De Glebe Star by an unflattering twenty seven lengths.
Willie Mullins said of Susannah Ricci's £130,000 buy: "He did what he's been showing us at home. He did one bit of very good work and he translated that to the track.
"I had planned to go jumping but we'll have to go for a winners bumper now. He looks good."
Stan James have introduced Clondaw Court into their Cheltenham Festival Bumper betting, making him their 10/1 favourite. (AM & EM)
The betting told you all you needed to know about the www.punchestown.com Maiden Hurdle and on this occasion the market was spot-on as Minsk accounted for Glens Melody by eight and a half lengths to bring up a double for Dessie Hughes and Bryan Cooper, earlier on the mark with the lucky El Fontan in the opener.