Daneking and Paul Townend ran out impressive winners at Fairyhouse
Last Updated: 20/04/14 6:35pm
Daneking takes the final flight clear under Paul Townend
The Willie Mullins team were left cursing their luck after their two runners both came a cropper in the feature Powers Gold Cup, but at least they had some consolation with the triumph of Daneking (6/1) in the Boylesports Easter Festival Handicap Hurdle.
The lightly-raced five-year-old, owned by Rich Ricci, led after jumping the second-last flight to seal victory by three lengths under Paul Townend.
"The ground was a big help, and we'll look at the big two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at Punchestown," said Mullins.
"He's not a chaser so we may look at the Flat for him, although I don't want to fire him up too much as we've been trying to get him settled over hurdles. The hood worked well today."
Lots Of Memories (14/1) turned the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final into a procession as he spreadeagled his field.
A Grade Three scorer at Cork in November, the Paul Fahey-trained seven-year-old looked a cut above the opposition as he won easily in the hands of 5lb claimer Shane Butler.
Leading after three out, Lots Of Memories went further and further away to strike by six and a half lengths despite being eased down close home.
The winning trainer indicated a significant rise in grade now awaits the impressive winner.
Fahey said: "We put him away to give him a crack at a decent handicap. He'll go for the Grade One three-mile novice (Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle) at Punchestown now."
The Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches (2/1) ran his rivals into the ground when making all the running in the Coolmore Stud Novice Chase.
Paul Carberry switched to the Gigginstown House Stud runner after stablemate Ned Buntline was withdrawn and dictated affairs on the seven-year-old to win by three and three-quarter lengths.
Meade said: "He's a funny horse, but when he gets his own way he can be good. He's by Gamut and it's possible that he wants that ground. We tried to keep him fresh at home and with it getting near the end of the season it is possible he could go to Punchestown,"
Emperor Of Exmoor (4/1) got off the mark in Irish Field Maiden Hurdle after three placed efforts when holding Tawseef by a length under Mark Enright.
His trainer Dessie Hughes said: "Hopefully he's good enough to win a novice and the fact that he goes on good ground will be a help. He'll go chasing in the autumn."
David Splaine brought the Adrian McGuinnes-trained Pivot Bridge with a smooth run to spring a 25/1 surprise in the Gleeson Butchers Novice Handicap Hurdle to win by three lengths from Desertmore Stream.
"He was on the bridle going to the second last and when I gave him a squeeze he flew in," said Splaine.
"I was on him at Gowran when he won on soft ground and we always thought that he would be better on nice ground."
Moon Racer was a 50/1 stunner for owner-trainer Michael Ronayne in the Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper.