Suntiep gets up in the nick of time
Suntiep is lead back into the parade ring with runner-up Why Ask Me behind
(Healy Racing Photos)
However the Jim Ennis owned gelding got going inside the final furlong to eat up the ground and hit the front in the nick of time to score by half a length at the line.
All the money came for the Terence O’Brien trained Captain Canada who was backed from 3/1 this morning with Paddy Powers into an opening show on-course of just 6/4.
He was then backed from 6/4 into 11/10 favourite at the off as the winner drifted on-course from an opening show of 5/4 out to 7/4 second favourite.
< Captain Canada raced far too free and had nothing left as runners approached the straight, finishing last of the eight runners.
Willie Mullins said afterwards: "Patrick gets me out of trouble. Harry Clarke bought him from France and Jim Ennis bought him yesterday morning as a replacement for Dare To Doubt who he sold in foal to Stowaway recently.
"He will make a staying chaser just as Pomme Tiepy was. He is a nice horse but he has a lot to learn. Patrick said he was learning as they came up the straight. He will go straight over fences now."
(Addtional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
Happy New Year followed up on his recent success at Gowran as he took the Greenmount Annual Membership Qualified Riders Handicap Hurdle under Roger Quinlan for trainer Oliver McKiernan.