De Bromhead & Lynch Scoop up novice
Two Scoops and Andrew Lynch at Punchestown
(Healy Racing Photos)
The five-year-old gelding is owned by the Dumb Dumb Syndicate, a group of Paddy Power Bookmaker employees, and apparently the syndicate name is derived from a cocktail which “helps you get through the week at Galway!”
Rory O’Moore took up his customary role in front but, after a number of sketchy jumps, was headed by the 6/1 winner approaching the second last.
A lot of interest was removed from this two-mile event beforehand with the absence of likely favourite Waaheb (off feed) as well as Shrapnel (lame) and Foxrock (overreach).
De Bromhead said, “He jumped brilliant, although Andrew said he was off it going across the bottom. They went some gallop.
“He’s entered in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown but we’ll see what the lads want to do.”
Starkie fended off Strategic bid at the end of the two mile maiden hurdle at Cork to give Henry de Bromhead and Bryan Cooper a winner at 11/2.