Paul Townend lights up Wexford with treble

Hat-trick includes two for Willie Mullins

  • Sunday 28 October
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Paul Townend landed a terrific treble with Sapphire Lady, Eight And Bob and Silver Planeur at Wexford.

The first two winners were for Willie Mullins, while he teamed up with Eric McNamara to complete his 17-1 trio.

Sapphire Lady (4-6 favourite) got the ball rolling as she bounced back following a below-par run at Limerick to land the odds in the Casey Tarmacadam Mares Hurdle.

The six-year-old made most of the running and came home seven and a half lengths clear of Fiveaftermidnight.

“I suppose she just had an off day at Limerick, but that was more like it today,” said Townend.

The jockey doubled up on Eight And Bob (6-5 favourite) when beating Walkers Point by a length and three-quarters in the Casey Enterprises Handicap Hurdle.

“Hopefully he will get further. He won over a mile-and-seven on the Flat, and any horse that stays that far on the Flat should stay even further over hurdles,” said Mullins’ representative, David Casey.

“He ran well in the north and if he can pick up another one or two somewhere we will be delighted.”

Silver Planeur (4-1 favourite) stormed past long-time leader Court Adjourned to lead two out and go on to score by five and a half lengths from Lady Of The Sea in the Casey Concrete Gorey Handicap Hurdle.

Townend said: “I was a little bit worried that the one in front wasn’t going to come back, but I knew from the top of the hill that she wasn’t going to stay going.

“The ground is testing and the race probably fell apart, and it suited us coming from behind. It was a good honest test and we got a good lead into it.”

Barwell (5-1) made an impressive debut over jumps in the Casey Concrete Blocks Maiden Hurdle.

Secret Cargo chased Barwell home, but Alan Fleming’s charge was much the best under Donagh Meyler, prevailing by 10 lengths.

Owner Barry Connell said: “He has taken the skin off his back leg there and it looks nasty. He caught a swinging hurdle at the second-last. Hopefully he will be all right.

“We bought him and we were going to go juvenile hurdling with him last year but it’s lucky we didn’t as he grew. He is a big horse and does everything easily.”

Sometime Soon (2-1 favourite) led home a one-two for owners Gigginstown House Stud in the Casey Cattle Slats Maiden Hurdle.

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