Arcadian Sunrise notched his third win of the campaign with a clear-cut victory in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Previously successful in a Carlisle bumper and in a maiden hurdle at Thurles, John Queally’s charge was last seen finishing third behind the high-class Aione at Naas last month.
A 9-4 chance for his latest assignment, Denis O’Regan’s mount was in front from an early stage and readily pulled three lengths clear of 15-8 favourite Barnaviddaun on the run-in.
“He’ll have a little break now as he’s been busy,” said Queally.
“He’ll go for the Red Mills Final at Punchestown and he’ll go jumping fences after that, next season.”
Trainer Dermot McLoughlin enjoyed a double on the card, with 10-1 shot Lee Valley Legacy landing the TRI Equestrian Handicap Hurdle and Turbojet scoring at 5-1 in the Leopardstown May Family Day Beginners Chase.
McLoughlin said: “Lee Valley Legacy is a grand little filly, with a light weight on her back. She’s won twice this year and she’s a hardy little one.
“I’m happy with Turbojet. He galloped to the line and his jumping was very good today. We did a lot of work on his jumping.
“We’ll look for something at Easter time, maybe at Fairyhouse.”
Wajaaha landed a gamble with a facile success in the Kids Go Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Fifth on his debut for Charles Byrnes at Naas last month following previous spells with Saeed bin Suroor and Denis Hogan, the five-year-old was a well backed 11-4 favourite to claim a first career win at the 15th attempt and cruised clear under 5lb claimer Cathal Landers.
“That was grand. He had a nice run in Naas and I thought he had come forward a bit from it,” said Byrnes.
“He’s a bit temperamental. He’ll tip away and look for another handicap hurdle. He’s better off jumping as he went a bit sour on the Flat.”
Byrnes doubled up with 15-8 favourite Run For Oscar in the bumper.
James Nash and Gavin Brouder combined to claim the Leopardstown Membership Beginners Chase with the veteran My Manekineko (12-1).
“That was worth waiting for. I’m not sure he deserved to win a Leopardstown novice chase, but it was great,” said Nash.
“I have him qualified for the final of a veterans chase for conditional riders in Newbury in three weeks. That’s where he’ll go now.”
Krisquin was a 12-1 winner of the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase.