Waaheb gained his first success in over a year
Last Updated: 04/01/14 5:00pm
Mark Walsh: Rode Waaheb
Waaheb gained his first success in over a year when landing the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle at Cork.
The world appeared to be his oyster when the son of Elusive Quality won his first three starts in bumpers before being beaten a short-head in the Punchestown Grade One but his career has failed to progress as expected.
He duly won his first start over hurdles but was trounced by Jezki next time before falling in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle behind Champagne Fever and has struggled to recapture the promise of his early days.
The seven year old was sent off the 7/4 second favourite behind the odds-on jolly Turban who jumped far from fluently in front.
Mark Walsh produced Waaheb to challenge two out and he stayed on best under pressure on the run-in to score by a length and a half in first time cheekpieces.
Winning trainer Dermot Weld's son Kris told www.irishracing.com: "It's nice to get the first winner of the year out of the way. The ground was far from ideal but they did really well to get the meeting on. He jumped well and battled well, and we'll look for a similar conditions race now."