Full house for Russell
Fairyhouse treble for Davy Russell and Gigginstown
Last Updated: 01/12/12 5:19pm
Davy Russell: Fairyhouse treble
Davy Russell enjoyed a fine afternoon's work at Fairyhouse where he completed a treble in the colours of the Gigginstown Stud.
The last leg of the hat-trick was arguably the easiest as smart chaser Bog Warrior made the most of a lower mark over hurdles in the Ryan's Cleaning Services Handicap Hurdle.
Racing from a mark some two stone below his chase rating, Tony Martin's eight year old ran out a very easy winner to enjoy a confidence boosting success following a fall over fences on his reappearance.
Russell and owners Gigginstown House Stud had made it an opening-race double with the impressive Midnight Game in the Fairyhouse On Facebook Hurdle.
The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old moved sweetly to the head of affairs between the last two flights, after the odds-on Staying Article had jumped to the front at the second-last.
It soon became apparent Russell had plenty of horse underneath him and the 5-2 chance went clear on the flat to score with a deal in hand.
Mullins said: "Midnight Game is a lot stronger this year but when I took the quarter sheet off him on the parade ring, I thought he looked big and I was a bit worried. Maybe he is better with that bit of strength though.
"His jumping seems to be sharper this season and we'll probably move him up to a Grade Three race next - he looks to have plenty of gears."
Bright New Dawn had earlier made every yard of the running as he claimed the Tote Jackpot Races 3 To 6 Maiden Hurdle.
Much of the attention before the race was focussed on the Noel Meade-trained Ned Buntline, who had been an impressive bumper scorer at Naas last month and was sent off the 8-13 favourite.
He was settled in behind as Davy Russell set out to make all on Bright New Dawn and he was still on top as the field turned for home.
Ned Buntline was poised to challenge though and he made his move at the second-last, but Bright New Dawn kept finding for pressure.
Dessie Hughes' charge still held the advantage after the last and while Ned Buntline tried his best, Russell's mount proved most game in hanging on by a length and a quarter.
Russell said: "We always thought a lot of him and bowling along in front seemed to suit him. He had a lovely first run last year but got very keen after that run."