Synopsis makes seamless transition to chasing at Thurles

Friday, Mar 9 2018

Synopsis struck at the first time of asking over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase at Thurles.

Having raced with only two behind her for much of the contest, the 5-4 favourite made headway four out and touched down over the next in a share of the lead with three others.

She took the penultimate obstacle disputing the lead with The Green Lady, kicking clear soon after, and although Fintara attempted to give chase, it was in vain as Gordon Elliott's six-year-old proved seven lengths to strong in the hands of Jack Kennedy.

Elliott said: "She was entitled to win on ratings and the race just came for her.

"She'll mix it between the Flat and jumps, and David (Spratt, owner) has a lot of Flat horses and has a race picked out for her on the Flat in a month's time.

"She is a novice (chaser) for the summer now."

Elliott followed up courtesy of 3-1 favourite Goodthynemilan in the Urlingford Rated Chase.

Davy Russell went for home between the final two fences and his mount responded well to dispose of Spare Brakes by a couple of lengths.

Her trainer said: "I thought she might only be good enough to finish third, to be honest, on ratings but she is honest and she jumps and gallops.

"I think I might be able to win one more race with her."

Willie Mullins provided Ruby Walsh with a comeback winner on Lareena in the maiden hurdle, and also took the Fethard Flat Race with the Patrick Mullins-ridden 1-2 favourite Voix Des Tiep.

Mullins jnr said: "He is a horse that works very well and hurdles might bring about more improvement. He is a big, tall horse and has schooled well and it's great for him to get his head in front because he has run very well without winning.

"He could possibly go for a winners' bumper."

Zipporah (9-1) ran her rivals ragged in the Killinan Handicap Hurdle.

Not Touch set a searching gallop and had the field strung out from an early stage, with only Zipporah going with him.

Denise O'Shea's mare took it up after jumping four out and while her rivals will have expected her to pay for her early exertions, she kept up the gallop in the hands of Brian Hayes and saw off Mister Butler by seven and a half lengths.

O'Shea said: "That was great - I was worried about the couple of days off last week with the snow but, in hindsight, it helped her as she is very active.

"She is a hard mare because she is very hard on herself and keeps me very fit at home because you hop on board and then it's straight into fifth gear and hang on tight!

"All credit to the mare as she was off the track for two years and if only I could bottle her enthusiasm.

"She is an 11-year-old mare now and has won four races and two point-to-points, and we'll probably go over a little fence the next day and this will more than likely be her last season in and then she'll go breeding."

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