Cheap buy Chimes takes the bumper
The grey Eight Chimes holds off the challenge of Mad Brian
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 5yo French bred son of Kaldounevees ran well on his debut over the course and distance last month to finish third behind Outlander.
Having opened the 5/2 favourite with Paddy Powers this morning he drifted and opened on track at 5/1.
That fellow was ridden entering the straight and finished a disappointing sixth while the winner was ridden to lead over a furlong from home and he stayed on well under pressure to hold off the challenge of the Gillian Callaghan trained Mad Brian (9/2) by a length.
Tony Martin said afterwards: "He ran here the last day and he hadn’t done much and we were happy with him. It was a fact finding mission.
"He is still very unfurnished and he’ll make a lovely chaser down the road. We will be easy on him for the rest of the season and maybe give him one run over hurdles.
"He will be a lovely novice hurdler next season and he is one to look forward too."
The winner was purchased for just €3,500 at the Arqana Deauville Autumn Mixed Sale in November of 2011.
(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)
Having his first start for Michael Butler, Preswell Lad just got up on the line to beat Dunroe Boy in the last at Tramore, Tom Carroll Memorial Handicap Steeplechase, providing his jockey Mikey Butler with a double on the card.