First gets it right for Hennessy

By Gary Carson

Wed 9th Jan 2013, 14:39
Robbie Hennessy greets Andrew Lynch and Mister First
Robbie Hennessy greets Andrew Lynch and Mister First
(Healy Racing Photos)
Mister First powered away to take the novice handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse in great style.

Lord Multifix made a bold bid from the front in the two-and-a-half mile contest but was swept aside going to the last by Robbie Hennessy's charge.

Andrew Lynch's mount was soon in command and went on to record a nine-and-a-half length success over Peace In The West.

The 5/1 winner (from 13/2) had failed to make the most of his lower timber mark on a couple of runs here last year but made no mistake today.

Forjoethepainter was sent off the 11/4 favourite to follow up his Christmas success at Limerick but could only finish a well-beaten fourth.

“Andrew knows him so well. He's a tricky horse to ride and you have to sit and sit,” said Hennessy.

“The horse deserves it more than anything. We'll probably go back over fences as there is a two-and-a-half mile handicap for him on Thyestes day at Gowran Park.

“The handicapper will give him a bit of a belt for that but I told Andrew if he hits the front not to stop.”

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)

Stronge off the mark with Bridge

Carsonstown Bridge proved a game winner after a good duel in the two-and-a-half mile maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse.