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Donal Murphy

Donal Murphy

Cecil makes all under Walsh for Brown

Thu 19th May 2022, 17:57

Must Meet Cecil jumps the last under Eoin Walsh
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The Katy Brown trained Must Meet Cecil made all to take the opener at Tipperary this evening, the Tipperary Town 4yo Maiden Hurdle.

Having failed to make an impact on his first two starts, the son of Mustameet ran a fine race to finish sixth of twenty on his hurdles debut at Naas in March.

Sent straight to the front by Eoin Walsh, the grey gelding, who was bought for just E1,000 by owner Thomas Sheridan, soon established a healthy advantage.

His lead was reduced on the approach to the second last but he pulled out more when ridden, coming home two-and-a-quarter lengths to the good.

The well-backed Minella Youngy (14s in early shows, returned the 5/2 favourite) ran on well but ultimately had to settle for second under Luke Dempsey for Gavin Cromwell, while hurdling debutant Burren Song (4/1) was another two-and-a-half lengths back in third.

"We always thought he was a real nice horse from day one," Brown said.

"He ran a cracker in Naas first time over hurdles where he was a little bit green and he's really improved. He's very exciting.

"I couldn't see a whole pile of pace in the race today. He trains from the front at home and I said to Eoin if they are going to poodle then go ahead on him. I told him to ride him like a good horse and he came home like one.

"It's nice for Tom (Sheridan) as we won this race with Effernock Fizz in 2019 so it's nice to come back and win it again."

"He appreciates a little bit of dig in the ground so he'll be a nice horse for the winter as well. He's strengthening the whole time."

Additional reporting by Alan Magee

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