Cheltenham Festival hero Blow By Blow made a winning debut over fences in the W.B. Gavin & Co. Irish EBF Beginners Chase at Galway.
Gordon Elliott’s seven-year-old, who won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle at the Festival in March, jumped satisfactorily for a horse making his chasing bow.
While not foot-perfect, he never looked like falling and with stamina his forte, Jack Kennedy was keen to kick on some way out.
He was never seriously challenged and cruised to a 17-length victory at the prohibitive price of 4-7 favourite.
“He’ll be better in a better race with something to take him on,” said Kennedy.
“He jumped well and he knows what he is at, he is very clever. Ideally you’d like it if you had something upsides him, but he couldn’t have done much more there.”
Sean Flanagan enjoyed a treble which was initiated by the 20-1 success of Western Victory in the GoBus.ie Mares Maiden Hurdle.
A decent mare in bumpers, she looked up against it with the likes of Getaway Katie Mai in the field, but Colin Bowe’s charge had a length and a half in hand of the 11-10 favourite on crossing the line.
“I rode her a good while back on heavy ground and it was her first run over hurdles. She is a hardy mare and isn’t too bad,” said Flanagan.
“She won her point-to-point from the front and did the same today. She was very fit and it rode a good race.
“She would be better going the other way as she hung the whole way with me but she is a good mare.”
Flanagan then teamed up with his boss Noel Meade to win the Marlin Hotels Handicap Chase on Tout Est Permis (15-8 favourite).
Making his debut for Meade having been moved from Mouse Morris by Gigginstown House Stud, he pulled clear from the second last to beat Dont Kick Nor Bite by six lengths.
“He was doing everything right at home and we were very happy coming with him,” said Meade.
“I actually had him in a hurdle race today but Eddie (O’Leary, Gigginstown) said ‘no, no, no – he’s a better horse over fences’ and he jumped brilliantly today.
“He won a good novice for Mouse (Morris) last year, but just went downhill on him after that – it can happen and could happen us too but he was good today.
“It wasn’t the greatest race in the world and I’d imagine his next run will probably be in the Troytown Chase but we’ll see what the handicapper does to him.”
The treble was completed on Bowe’s Sweet Home Chicago (9-1) in the The Miriam Hand “Play in Pink Fundraiser” Hurdle
Willie Mullins enjoyed a good day with two winners at Wexford and also a treble at Galway.
He he was on the mark with Dorrells Pierji (6-1) in the Annesley Williams Rated Novice Hurdle after teaming up with Denis O’Regan while Ruby Walsh won on Suinda (5-2 favourite) in the Glenman Corporation Handicap Hurdle and Kalanisi Og (5-1) took the concluding bumper under amateur rider Billy Gleeson.
However, Wicklow Brave hit the deck as a 2-7 favourite in the race won by Sweet Home Chicago.