Tipperary: Simenon finally gets his head in front
The feature Grade 3 Grimes Hurdle was won by Willie Mullins top class flat performer Simenon under Paul Townend recording his first win over timber since May 2012.
A well fancied 10/11 favourite reverting back from group 1 level on the flat, he made hard work of his return to hurdles eventually edging by the tough Darwins Fox who was officially rated 10lb lower. The pair drew clear from long time leader Little King Robin.
Townend said: “His jumping over the first couple was deadly and when I needed at the last he produced.
“It was a true gallop from start to finish, he has loads of class and it’s nice to win that.
“I knew the other horse stayed very well but it’s nice to get him back to winning ways – he’s a real flag-bearer for the yard.”
Willie Mullins charge now has plenty of options including the Galway Hurdle, The Irish and American St Leger and the Nakayama jumps race which Mullins won last year with Blackstairmoutain. There are also some jumps races in America for him.
Mullins further reflected: “It can be very tough in those flat races so it’s good to get his head in front again.
“He’ll be entered for the Galway Hurdle but I’m not sure if he’d run carrying top-weight in it.
He’ll go somewhere where it’s good ground like today. He’s not a winter campaigner. He just has lots of options now.”
Sean Jackson 12/07/14
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