Bryan Cooper was in sparkling form as he chalked up a hat-trick from his three rides of the day at Wexford.
He won on Monotype and Castafiore Park for trainer Paul Nolan, after starting the card with victory on Flamingo’s Court for Andrew McNamara.
Nolan was delighted to see Monotype (2-1 favourite) bounce back from defeat in a hot handicap at the Punchestown Festival to knuckle down and land the Coast Hotels & Resorts Rated Hurdle by half a length from Great Khan.
“It’s tackier ground and slower ground than Punchestown. He just couldn’t go the pace there,” said Nolan.
“We were a bit worried then because it was only 10 days ago, but he was very gutsy there today.
“He was beaten nearly at the start, he couldn’t go the pace and they went quick enough. He just outbattled him (Great Khan) then to the line.
“If he hadn’t have jumped the last he would have been beaten. Bryan was brilliant on him.
“He is definitely a winter ground horse and I don’t want to be going around during the summer guessing about ground. He might make a nice staying chaser for next season.”
After leading from two out, Castifiore Park (8-1) was all out to hold Toushan by half a length in the Freddie Doyle Memorial & Liz Doyle Racing Handicap Hurdle.
“I was disappointed with her in Fairyhouse. She never travelled and didn’t jump well,” said Nolan.
“I couldn’t find anything wrong with her and we thought it might have been the end of a long season.
“I’m hoping she’ll be far better over a fence. She won a point-to-point easily. Then we decided to keep her rather than go to the sales. I think she’ll be better over a fence.”
Cooper’s spree began on Flamingo’s Court (3-1 favourite), who led all the way as she opened her account in the Coast Kilmore Quay Mares Maiden Hurdle.
The rider set out to make a true test over two and a half miles and he had a willing partner in the McNamara-trained five-year-old mare.
Speaking from Cork, McNamara said: “She is a lovely big filly and Bryan gave her a nice ride to get her to settle in front. She’ll stay hurdling for the time being, but I’d imagine she’ll make a better chaser.”
Nolan made it three when Chisholm Trail (2-1 favourite) took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares INH Flat Race under Patrick Mullins.