Oscar Knight rounds out Naas treble for McManus and Walsh

Sunday, Nov 12 2017

Oscar Knight's victory in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle capped a great day for JP McManus and Mark Walsh at Naas.

The Tom Mullins-trained eight-year-old is a useful handicap chaser but is rated 20lb lower in this sphere and took full advantage.

The 5-1 chance travelled strongly into contention at the top of the straight and wasn't too hard pressed to beat Glenloe, also in the McManus colours, by a length and a quarter.

The victory gave Walsh a treble following the earlier wins of the McManus-owned Red Jack and Early Doors, while McManus also struck in Britain with class acts Modus and Unowhatimeanharry.

Mullins said: "He had a wind op since the (Irish) National, and the run in Punchestown brought him on nicely for today.

"His hurdle mark looked favourable compared to his chase rating, and he could go for a big handicap chase around Christmas or the Thyestes. He will probably run over hurdles up to that."

First To Boogie and Persian Wind had the Paddy Power 1800 721 821 Novice Handicap Chase between them as they approached the last in a share of the lead.

However, Persian Wind parted company with Luke Dempsey, allowing 4-1 favourite First To Boogie to come home 12 lengths to the good over Red River Gold.

Trainer Madeleine Tylicki said: "He's such an honest horse and I couldn't be happier with him. He came out of his summer break really well.

"I thought he was a little unlucky at Galway last time but things went our way today.

"It looks like we are going to have a bit of fun with him over the winter. We'll make a plan when we see how he comes out of this race."

Lady Ischia's second at the Punchestown Festival was the best form heading into the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race, and Gavin Cromwell's 7-4 favourite proved seven and a half lengths too good for Florazi.

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