Three runners made the journey from Kinsale to Clonmel last Thursday for Robert Tyner and three winners made the trip back home again that evening after the popular and in-form trainer recorded his first treble on the track.
A first treble also for young jockey Philip Enright who steered home Who Let De Dogsout, Tooreen and finally Kandinski at cumulative odds of 404/1.
The last of those came in the Slievenamon Beginners’ Chase and joint-favourite Kandinksi’s chance was made easier by the early exit of Kilcarry Bridge, whose pilot Davy Russell gave a thumbs-up after he rose from the ground to anyone worried about his pre-Cheltenham health.
Templemore trainer Bill Harney was waiting since last October for a winner but finally got his day in Clonmel on Thursday when Bonzo Bing justified odds-on favouritism to forge home by two lengths in the Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle.
The second race on a day which saw chases at the Powerstown Park track for the first time this year, this hurdle saw Bonzo Bing sent off the 4/7 favourite and he led for much of the two miles, half-furlong, before seeing off the challenge of Arataca and Rebel Laker.
“I’ve had a lot of seconds and thirds, so it’s time I got one,” Bill Harney said afterwards. Describing the winner as a “nice horse, still a baby,” the local handler confirmed chasing will be his ultimate goal.
“No point going for handicaps now anyway, we’ll go for a winners-of-one race. The further he’ll go, the better.”
Harney revealed that Bonzo Bing has two screws in his leg, the result of a Point to Point mishap last year in which he fractured a bone below the cannonbone. “But he’s perfect. It won’t affect him, touch wood. Didn’t Danoli come back and win the Hennessy after getting screws in his leg?”
Earlier, the Robert Tyner-trained Who Let De Dogsout (8/1) was a length and a half too good for 9/4 favourite Sizing Coal, trained by Henry De Bromhead, making all and hanging on despite coming under pressure, with Halls Bridge third.
Ruby Walsh’s only ride of the day, Bless N’Ject for Willie Mullins, attracted some support in the betting in that opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF maiden hurdle but faded before the last.
Tooreen (8/1) was the second leg of Tyner and jockey Robert Enright’s treble in the Comeragh Handicap Hurdle, making all to record a comfortable win over 3/1 joint favourites West of the Edge and Allez Vic.
Another out of form recently, this mare took connections by surprise, according to Robert Tyner who described as “disappointing” some of her earlier runs. “Her jumping - I just couldn’t believe it. She did jump a bit better at home during the week but it did suit her a bit better today. Her jumping was so good today.”
The third race, the Carrick-on-Suir mares’ handicap hurdle saw another front-runner as Cheap as Chips (33/1) followed form figures of 6838558 to hose home by a never-threatened 10 lengths for Philip Rothwell, ahead of Lead Kindly Light and Avondhu Lady.
The second-last race was the most valuable of the day, the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Steeplechase, and brought more success for Cork as More Madness (5/1) was successful for Carrigtuohill trainer Terence O’Brien and a delighted Yousnooze You Lose Syndicate.
Last year’s victor Hidden Crack made much of the running but faded around the second-last and More Madness eventually held off Mister First by half a length. Incidentally, although two favourites were successful on Thursday, the difficulty facing the poor punter every day was underlined by the fact that More Madness was the only one of seven winners to have already scored this season.
Gordon Elliot made the journey from Meath worthwhile, his Lord Scoundrel scoring as 11/8 favourite in the bumper as the skies darkened and the rain which held off for much of the afternoon took a strong hold.