Ray Cody saddled the biggest winner of his career at Listowel as Razoul took the Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle in impressive fashion.
The Mastercraftsman gelding had given Cody his first taste of success when scoring at Kilbeggan in mid-July, and recorded another significant milestone for the Kilkenny-based trainer in Tuesday’s 67,500 euro event.
Donagh Meyler produced the 14-1 shot to challenge two from home in the two-miler.
The pair kicked on over the final flight to record a two-and-three-quarter length success over Top Moon – with well-backed 6-4 favourite Morosini third.
Razoul was racing from 7lb out of the handicap, and Cody said: “I thought it was going to be a big ask of him.
“I didn’t want to claim off him, because Donagh rode him on his last two runs and gets on really well with him. He gave him a brilliant ride.
“I had it in my head that he could be a Galway Hurdle horse next year. I thought he was a lot better than he was showing on the track.”
After some big-priced winners, favourite backers were rewarded when Unexpected Depth ran out an easy winner of the Listowel Handicap Hurdle.
The Oliver McKiernan-trained gelding came to lead before the second last under Kevin Brouder – and despite an untidy jump there, they soon asserted.
He was easing down on the run to the line to record a four-and-a-half-length winning margin at odds of 3-1.
Blazing Emily also justified favouritism when making all for a cosy success in the opening Jet O’Carroll Memorial EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle.
The Willie Mullins-trained 4-5 shot made all under Paul Townend – and after a slight error two from home, skipped clear for a four-and-a-quarter length win.
Anything Will Do was sent at 16-1 for the Connollys Red Mills EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle but ran out a good winner on his debut for Joseph O’Brien.
Shane Shortall’s mount picked up well from the last to score by a length and a quarter from Fou Diligence.
There was drama at the last in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle as The Rubinator fell when upsides, badly hampering Lucky Phil and bringing down Famous Day.
Antimatter stayed clear of the trouble and went on in the closing stages to score by three-quarters-of-a-length for trainer Donncha Duggan and jockey Daniel Holden.
Djingle produced a fine front-running performance in the John F McGuire Beginners Chase for John Queally.
Adrian Heskin’s mount jumped from fence to fence and stretched clear down the back.
The 7-2 shot had his rivals struggling three from home and popped the last two to score by 19 lengths.