Robin De Carlow was an impressive winner on her debut over fences in Kilbeggan’s Mid Summer Monday 17th June Race Evening Beginners Chase.
Willie Mullins’ Grade Three-winning hurdler fell over the smaller obstacles at Fairyhouse in April, at the top level behind the brilliant Honeysuckle.
But the six-year-old made no mistake on Sunday, justifying even-money favouritism as she jumped well and sauntered home 11 lengths clear.
In the colours of Supreme Horse Racing Club, made famous this spring by the exploits of top chaser Kemboy, Robin De Carlow put her name on the roster of possible future stars for the same owners.
Paul Townend had her in touch behind early leader Cliff House, made his move entering the straight and quickly sealed the outcome from valiant runner-up Eamon High.
The winning jockey cited only a barely discernible minor blip at the last.
“The last was really the only semblance of a mistake that she made,” he said.
“She was entitled to win like that and had course form as well – which is always a help.”
Don’t Let Go provided more famous winning colours in the feature Kilmurray’s Homevalue Hardware Mullingar Handicap Chase – and a successful end to an up-and-down day for jockey Ricky Doyle.
The 5lb claimer had a highly uncomfortable experience when the fractious Fr Gilligansvoyge reared and kicked him in the parade ring before they finished third in the Summer Party Discount Group Booking Handicap Hurdle – won by Ocean Glandore under Brian Hayes at 9-1 for trainer Denis Hogan.
Fr Gilligansvoyge’s groom was also knocked over, but thankfully no one was injured.
Doyle’s resilience paid off when Don’t Let Go took over at the last to win by a length and a quarter for Conor O’Dwyer and JP McManus from fellow 8-1 shot Hugo ‘N Taz.
O’Dwyer was certainly grateful for Doyle’s contribution.
He said: “Ricky gave her a super ride. He’s a very good 5lb claimer and a great lad in the yard.
“He got a right kicking earlier – but that will perk him up a bit.”