Exchange Rate justified his short price in the amateur contest at Listowel in appropriate style on Thursday, winning hard-held under Patrick Mullins.
The Willie Mullins-trained gelding was narrowly denied in a valuable handicap at Killarney last month and was sent to post a 1-6 shot to gain compensation in the mile-six conditions event.
He cruised through to track Backsheesh when that rival led over three furlongs from home and was hard on the bridle as he edged ahead close home to post a length-and-three-quarters win.
The runner-up is owned by Mullins’ sister, Sandra McCarthy, and trained by his brother, Tom. The winning trainer joked afterwards: “I might not be popular in my sister’s house tonight!”
Mullins completed a quick double in the following beginners’ chase courtesy of Orion d’Aubrelle (8-1).
Paul Townend drove his mount up to lead two from home and he stuck on well on the run-in to record a length-and-a-quarter win over Its All Guesswork.
The earlier winners on the Flat had to work a fair bit harder and 3-1 shot Arcturus proved very game when squeezing up the rail to land the opening median auction maiden.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge scraped the paint under Shane Crosse to lead inside the final furlong and get the better of Sacchoandvanzetti by half a length in a tight finish.
Shifted Strategy made it lucky 13th attempt in the following Byrne Family Handicap when claiming the mile contest under Killian Hennessy.
The 16-1 winnerwas prominent throughout and edged ahead inside the final furlong to post a half-length success over Dharma Rain.
Quinns Red Rose also bounced back to form to claim the fillies’ maiden over a mile for Michael O’Callaghan.
The Red Jazz filly had ‘burst’ when disappointing on her previous start at Ballinrobe but was a well-backed 7-2 chance on this occasion.
Leigh Roche grabbed the lead from his low draw and kicked clear a furlong and a half from home. She had enough in reserve to hold the late charge of Bright Eyed by a neck.
Robbie Colgan showed his versatility once again when switching back to the Flat to partner Mr Everest (8-1) to success in the €20,000 Behans Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant Hnadicap.
Tony Martin’s charge was produced to lead at the furlong pole and held Dalton Highway by three-parts-of-a-length.