Wingtips cruises home to give Walsh treble

Sun 16th Dec 2012, 14:24

photoWingtips and Ruby Walsh
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Wingtips gained an overdue success when cruising to victory in the two-mile maiden hurdle at Navan.

Tony Martin's charge was sent off 1/4 favourite and looked value for those prohibitive odds as he travelled sweetly to lead at the second last.

Ruby Walsh, completing a treble on the card, didn't have to move a muscle as he eased clear before the last to record an 11-length success over Classic Event.

<Wingtips was taking a drop in class having been fourth in Grade 2 company on his last visit here last month.

The winner swished his tail throughout the race but it is not something that concerns Martin too much:-

“He's been a bit unlucky and deserved that. We'll take it step by step with him.

“He has a bit of a habit of swishing his tail but I think it's really only a habit as he will knuckle down and battle.”

Philip Enright was given a four day suspension for making insufficient effort on fifth-placed Forever Gold.

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)

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