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Rathlin victorious at Clonmel

Updated: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 19:03 | Comments

Mouse Morris landed the feature race at Clonmel with Rathlin
Mouse Morris landed the feature race at Clonmel with Rathlin

Rathlin made a welcome return to the winner's enclosure in the Munster Hurdle at Clonmel, but the victory was somewhat fortuitous.

Having his first run over timber since May 2011, the Mouse Morris-trained winner looked more likely to finish second but odds-on favourite Unika La Reconce made a costly mistake at the last, which allowed Bryan Cooper's mount another chance.

The eight-year-old duly took it, fighting past the mare to claim a three-quarter-length verdict.

A head-bobbing finish to the Powerstown Chase resulted in another win for Cooper aboard the Dessie Hughes-trained Canaly.

The 2-1 second-favourite dug deep to repel Belle Brook by a short head, with market leader Immediate Response a slightly disappointing third.

Terence O'Brien's Carhue made it third time lucky over obstacles when justifying good market support in the opening Clonmel Maiden Hurdle.

Punters latched onto the fact Paul Townend was in the saddle for the first time and the 6-1 chance didn't disappoint, swooping to join Security Breach at the last before pulling a length and a quarter clear.

O'Brien and Townend doubled up through Viaduct Joey in the Bishop Auckland Theatre Hooligans Novice Handicap Chase.

A mistake from Mizuri Cowboy at the second last handed the seven-year-old the initiative and the 8-1 chance found plenty for pressure after the last, pulling two and a quarter lengths away.

Willie Austin's Blazing Sonnet (6-4 favourite) appreciated a drop in class when breaking through at the 11th time of asking in the Demesne Maiden Hurdle, while Tipped Up Harry, trained by Denise Foster, held the late rally of Caddy Man to claim the Kilsheelan Beginners Chase at odds of 7-1.

The concluding Suir (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle went to Colman Sweeney on the well-backed top-weight Fiery Oscar.

The 5-2 favourite held the persistant challenge of Battlemount to score by one and a quarter lengths.

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