Nothing Blue about Sari on hurdling debut

Though he was made to battle

  • Saturday 16 November
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Blue Sari made a successful start over obstacles as he claimed the Kildare Now Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown.

Second in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival last term, Blue Sari was sent off the 30-100 favourite for Willie Mullins in the two-and-a-half-mile contest.

He was in front jumping the last for Mark Walsh, although Ashdale Bob looked as though he might put up a challenge before wandering across the track and dropping back to fourth.

That left it The Bosses Oscar and Brinkley to push the favourite to the line, but they were beaten half a length each in the minor places.

Blue Sari was a third winner of the afternoon for Mullins, who also struck with Faugheen on his chasing bow and Saldier in the feature Morgiana Hurdle.

Mullins said: “He jumped well but was very free early on. I’m happy that he will improve a fair bit from that, and he can come back in trip.

“The Royal Bond will probably come too quick, so we might wait until Christmas. He looks a nice type and is only four.

“A faster run race over a shorter trip will suit him. He’s a nice ride at home and I’m looking forward to him for the season.”

The trainer also landed the Goffs (Pro/Am) Flat Race with 2-9 chance The Big Getaway in the hands of his son, Patrick.

Notebook led home a one-two for Henry de Bromhead in the Grade Two Elliott Group Craddockstown Novice Chase.

Rachael Blackmore was always to the fore on the 11-4 chance and took it up with two fences to jump, with Notebook staying on strongly to deny Moon Over Germany by five lengths.

De Bromhead said: “I’m delighted with that. Moon Over Germany ran great and I’m delighted with Notebook.

“He looked impressive here the last day and it’s nice to see him back it up. His jumping was great – he seems to love it. I was a little concerned how he would jump out of that ground, but he was electric.

“He’s really exciting and the fences make a big difference to him. He jumps quick and I think we should use that over two miles for the moment.

“Gigginstown (House Stud, owner) have plenty of horses and we’ll see what they would like to do but I’d love to stay at two (miles).”

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