Snow Falcon reaches a career high at Gowran Park
Snow Falcon put up the best performance of his career to date, as he got up to win the Grade Two PwC Champion Chase at Gowran Park.
Noel Meade’s star had already captured the 2016 Boyne Hurdle, the 2016 Lismullen Hurdle, the 2017 Kingdom Gold Cup at Killarney, the 2018 Kerry National and the 2018 Grade Two novice at Down Royal – but this was perhaps his finest moment so far.
The son of Presenting had not raced in 109 days – having last been sighted on the flat, in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal Meeting.
Us And Them led for much of the 2 ½ mile contest, but Snow Falcon was brought into contention by Sean Flanagan.
The writing was on the wall when the long-time leader blundered at the last – and Snow Falcon already appeared to have his measure before then.
That left Snow Falcon to saunter home 6 ½ length clear of Peregrine Run, with Us And Them coming home a close third.
Yulong Gold Fairy defends her Concorde Stakes crown
Yulong Gold Fairy made it back to back wins in the Grade Three Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes at Tipperary.
A year ago, the four year-old had been trained by Dermot Weld – but on this occasion, she was making her debut for Jim Bolger.
Ironically, it was a Weld runner, who filled second spot, as Yulong Gold Fairy beat Imaging by ¾ of a length, despite having been struck on the muzzle as the two horses battled.
Crafty Madam ran on to finish third.
Robin De Carlow wins entertaining battle at Tipperary
Robin De Carlow got the better of a terrific tussle with fell mare Put The Kettle On, to land the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase at Tipperary.
It was victory for Willie and Danny Mullins, but not as smooth as had appeared likely two out, as Put The Kettle On put up a determined fight.
Half a length separated them at the line, with Henry de Bromhead saddling the second and third, as Moon Over Germany completed the places.
Davids Charm continues progression with Grade Three victory
Davids Charm continued his upward curve as he stepped out of handicap company to win the Grade Three Horse And Jockey Hotel Hurdle at Tipperary.
Petit Mouchoir and Ballyoisin quickly pulled well clear of their rivals, but effectively cut their own throats in the process.
Bythe fourth last flight, Ballyoisin was a spent force and Petit Mouchoir soon folded in the home straight.
That left Davids Charm and Philip Enright clear and they eased to an emphatic twelve-length victory over former winner Plinth.
Turnpike Trip scores Group Three win
Turnpike Trip got up to land a sad renewal of the Grade Three Joe Mac Novice Hurdle at Tipperary.
Sadly two from home, Way Back Home suffered a fatal fall, leaving Turnpike Trip booked for victory.
However, under Kevin Brouder, Turnpike Trip made a calamitous mistake, losing all momentum and giving fresh impetus to Razoul.
But Brouder got him going again to hold off his challenger by half a length.