Jo on the mark at Thurles again
Jolily and Andrew Lynch on the way to victory at Thurles
The Supreme Leader gelding, a course and distance winner here in 2011, led before three out and he was clear from the next on the way to a comfortable five and a half length win from Kakagh.
Doyle explained: "He ran a great race in Leopardstown the last day. He came up against a good horse (subsequent Thyestes runner-up, Tarquinius) there.
"He loves it around here. He jumps well and Andrew said for a big horse he's very agile.
"He's an eleven-year-old but he has very little mileage on the clock." (AM & EM)
It wouldn't be the first time that a mares' race threw up a result different from what was anticipated beforehand and it was the 10/1 chance Ballinahow Lady that prevailed under Johnny Cullen in the Miceal Fitzgibon Memorial European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Chase at Thurles.