Tipperary round-up: Fitz continues winning run on Super Sunday
Rebel Fitz brought his winning run for the year to four in the Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle under Barry Geraghty. Mick Winters’ talented 9yo was not always fluent on his return to running over timber but still had the class to see off his rivals by 4 1/2 lengths.
Winters’ charge had finished last season on high with victory in the Powers Gold Cup and warmed up for today’s effort with a victory on the flat Listowel last month. That performance obviously had him spot on for today having tracked leader Darwins Fox throughout, kicked clear 2 out to score in impressive fashion.
“It was his first time jumping since he got his injury so every day you’re a bit anxious,” Winters said afterwards. “He came out of the race great the last day though and he looked very well coming in there so hopefully he’s fine again.
“He’s very popular and he’s giving a lot of fun to an awful lot of people. I’d say we had another big following here from Kanturk today. He’s getting old now so maybe himself and Sizing Europe could have a race between the two of them at Christmas.
“We’ll take it easy for a couple of weeks now and we’ll see what’s there but really it’s Christmas next I’d say.”
Walsh returns with victory on Indevan
Ruby Walsh made a winning return to action from injury with victory on-board the Willie Mullins trained Indevan in the Grade 3 Like A Butterfly Novice Chase. Walsh had been out of action since the end of last season to recover from injuries suffered in a fall from Abbyssial in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The absence seemed to have little affect on him today as he rode Indevean, owned by Susannah Ricci, with his usual style to a comfortable 6 length victory from Silver Tassie, with Rough Justice back in third.
“It’s great and I didn’t decide until Friday that I was coming back today and Willie was good enough to let me ride this fella,” Walsh said.
“He travelled well and he jumped super. He showed a good old turn of foot but when The Crafty Butcher came out (change in going) with the exception of Blacklough he was the best hurdle horse and he’s won like that.”
Big Break gives Roche first Group victory
Dermot Weld’s Big Break provided jockey Leigh Roche with his first victory at Group level when taking the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes. The stables number one jockey Pat Smullen was busy riding in Longchamp and this allowed Weld’s second rider Roche to steer the consistent Big Break to a well earned victory.
The 4yo was made to work hard for the win in the 7 furlong contest, finally reeling in long time leader Brendan Brackan in the final furlong and battling well when the eventual runner-up rallied. Sruthan stayed on to finish a poor third.
Trainer’s son Kris commented: “That’s most satisfactory and it’s great for Leigh.
“She hasn’t been the most straight-forward to train but she loved the ‘cut.’ The weather has been no help to her this year.
“On her day she is very classy and she showed that today. Dad will speak to Lord Grimthorpe (the Abdullah racing manager) and she’ll likely go for the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown now.
“It hasn’t been decided but it’s unlikely she’ll come back next year. She’s from a family that has been very good to us with Famous Name.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Barry Cronin/PA Wire
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