Forjoethepainter lands a gamble
Ridden by Rob Jones (second winner of the Limerick Christmas Festival after Ponmeword yesterday), the winner opened at 20/1 this morning with Paddy Powers but opened on track at just 10/1 and was backed into 7/1 at the off.
The 7yo son of Rudimentary was making his eleventh start this afternoon and he had shown very little before today.
He raced in mid-division for much of the contest and had plenty to do when making progress from the third last flight.
He managed to get to the front before the second last and he was soon in command as he went on to score by three and a quarter lengths.
Tony Mulholland, who trains in who trains in Cootehill, Co Cavan, said afterwards: "That's not a surprise. It takes him a few races to get fit and he loves the heavy ground.
"He won a schooling race at Fairyhouse recently. Rob gave him a good positive ride.
"He will be kept over hurdles now but will go over fences then in a few months’ time. I have 12 to 14 horses in training at the moment."
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
A request for Patrick Mullins to replace Emmet Mullins aboard the winner Prince De Beauchene was turned down by the stewards before the Woodlands House Hotel Hurdle and so Patrick will have to wait a bit longer in his attempt to break the amateur riders record tally in a calendar year.