Pumbaa provides Dunphy with first NH win
Pumbaa & Richie Kiely on their way to success
(Healy Racing Photos)
Sent off at 9/1, the 4yo son of Vinnie Roe ran in three point-point’s before today, running well at Loughrea and Lingstown to finish third and fourth respectively.
Ridden this afternoon by Richie Kiely he hit the front over a furlong from home and he stayed on well from there to record a four length success from the 4/7 favourite Quickpick Vic in second under Derek O’Connor for Tony Martin.
Sharon Dunphy, who trains near Thurles, said afterwards: "That is my first National Hunt winner and it is the one I have been waiting for. I’ve had seven point-to-point winners and two on the flat.
"It was hard to fancy him considering he is a still a maiden after three point-to-point runs but we did think he had a chance as we thought he was more of a bumper horse than a point-to-pointer.
"If there is a suitable winners bumper for him he will go that otherwise he will go hurdling."
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
The JP McManus colours sported by jockey Jody McGarvey came home in front in the two and a half mile handicap chase at Down Royal.