Tennis Serves Up His Best

Sat 19th Jan 2013, 15:52

Tennis Cap and Ruby Walsh clear the last hurdle
©Healy Racing Photos
"He's reasonably well handicapped," said Ruby Walsh of Tennis Cap in this morning's Irish Examiner and that assessment proved on the button as the 3/1 favourite landed the BESS Ball 16th Of February Handicap Hurdle at Naas.

Completing a double for Willie Mullins after Un Atout's victory in the previous race, Mrs Violet O'Leary's Tennis Cap bounced back from a disappointing Leopardstown effort.

He made all and had all his rivals on the stretch from two out, eventually coming home a five and a half length winner from Beneficial Spirit.

Mullins explained: "I don't know whether we got it right or the horse is coming to himself. We decided to ride him more positively and it seemed to work.

"He's been a bit exasperating. He keeps promising but today is the first time he's delivered. At least today he showed on the track what he does at home.

"We took a chance running him here rather that the Boylesports Hurdle. I didn't think he'd get in but he'll get in now.

"It's not normally something I'd do but I might have a look at it as it's a big prize." (GC & EM)

Very easy for Un Atout

There is definite star potential about Un Atout and he emphasised how exciting his future could be when bolting up in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle at Naas to complete an excellent day for Davy Russell who won on all four mounts.