Review gowran park 29th Sep

Fri 29th Sep 2017, 18:20

Willie Mullins landed the Pat Walsh Memorial Irish EBF Mares Hurdle for the third successive season as Mystic Theatre put on an exhibition at Gowran Park.

The 2-5 favourite brought a three-race unbeaten record over timber to the Listed contest and went clear from early on with Polar Present.

She jumped and travelled for Ruby Walsh, who extended the advantage after jumping three out, and Mystic Theatre kept up the gallop to cross the line with 10 lengths to spare over Polar Present.

The other Listed race on the card was the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mucklemeg Mares Flat Race and that also fell to Mullins courtesy of 5-4 favourite Ainsi Va La Vie.

The promising grey won her first couple of starts at Limerick and Galway, and proved to be in a different league to these opponents as she strolled a couple of lengths clear of stablemate Glens Harmony.

Sharjah made the perfect start to his jumping career with a dominant display in the Paulstown Maiden Hurdle.

The French recruit has joined the Mullins team to run in the Ricci colours and he could be another top-notcher for that formidable combination judging by the way he swatted aside his opposition, beating Great Trango by five lengths as the even-money favourite.

West Coast Time was another to get off the mark at the first time of asking over obstacles, justifying 15-8 favouritism in the Racing Again Tomorrow Maiden Hurdle.

Joseph O'Brien's charge still has a lot to learn but there is certainly an engine there and he disposed of Beyond The Law by three and a quarter lengths.

Dysios (20-1) is rated 10lb lower over timber than he is over the larger obstacles and took full advantage to land the Bennettesbridge Handicap Hurdle.

Fairymount Boy (6-1) finally broke his duck in the Bramblestown Handicap Hurdle, while Ballymadun (9-1) took the Buy Tickets Online Handicap Hurdle.

THE IRISH TIMES