Twinlight takes the Norman Grove
It was a shock perhaps as the odds on Mallowney was beaten by Twinlight under Ruby Walsh for Willie Mullins but as their charge picked up well from the last to win patrons at the track would have been well used to the duo in the winners enclosure this week.
It was the second leg of a treble on the day and the feature race was a small field affair with only three runners lining up and Mallowney, sent off at 1/2f to continue a superb winter on the track had to settle for second best this time with Savello back in third. It could be straight to Punchestown next for the winner as winning trainer Willie Mullins explained.
“We ran him in a snaffle with no noseband which may have made a difference but in fairness he jumped great and the other two didn’t jump as well. Ruby said he was really enjoying himself, and was a different horse than the last day. He hasn’t missed a beat all season and, as long as the ground is soft, he’ll go to Punchestown.”
Ruby Walsh rode a double on the day and Twinlight pleased him this afternoon. “When I rounded the bend here to the bend past the stands he took a hold of the bridle and really attacked that fence and that’s what we were hoping would be there.
“I was just riding my own horse. He was wanting to go so I was letting him do it. I wasn’t even thinking about Mallowney I was thinking about Twinlight. He has a lot of chases won. He’s a fair horse on his day. When things are right for him he’s a decent horse.
Ruby now has the lead in the jockeys title race having passed sidelined Mark Walsh this weekend at the Easter Festival.
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