First gets it right for Hennessy
Robbie Hennessy greets Andrew Lynch and Mister First
(Healy Racing Photos)
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)
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