Tarla enjoyed the ideal confidence-boosting win at Cork
Last Updated: March 21, 2013 5:49pm
Willie Mullins: Trains Cork winner Tarla
Tarla enjoyed the ideal confidence-booster in the www.racinghomeforeaster.com Hurdle at Cork.
Willie Mullins' mare is already a Graded winner over hurdles and fences but had been given a break since suffering heavy falls late on in her two most recent outings, at this course and again at Thurles.
David Casey allowed Tarla to stride on in front and after she had burned off last year's winner Oilily, the Galway Hurdle hero Rebel Fitz emerged as a serious danger.
Michael Winters' 4-5 favourite was Davy Russell's first ride back since puncturing his lung just a week ago at Cheltenham, but was perhaps a little rusty himself on a first outing since October and could not keep up with Tarla (13-8), who came five lengths clear.
Casey said: "She jumped well and she galloped away well. She does everything well. It's good to get her confidence back. I'm not sure of plans, but of course he (Mullins) usually has one."
Winters had no excuses for the defeat of Rebel Fitz and said: "At any distance we would have been in trouble and he just ran a middle of the road type of race.
"I couldn't really blame the ground or distance too much. He was fierce relaxed and maybe he's still a bit tired from his trip to Cheltenham (went across to Brightwells Sale to accompany his former stablemate, Allow Dallow).
"We'll sweeten him up and look at Fairyhouse. He wants better ground and he will be going chasing in May."
Tom Foley was delighted to get a win with Never Enough Time in the Walk Of Shame Furlong Maiden Hurdle, his first winner for JP McManus.
"I always wanted to run one in JP's colours and he's the first horse I've had for him. Even a runner for him would have been grand, so it's even better to win," said Foley.
"He's very light and not overly strong so we'll let him tell us where we're going. He could be kept going - it's depends on what that race took out of him."