In Punchestown Dessie gained three wins. Captain Arceus won the 4yo Follow Us On Twitter And Facebook Hurdle winning by half a length. Jockey Bryan Cooper stated afterwards, “They went a good pace and his jumping kept him in it. He quickened up, but really he's crying out for two and a half miles...Chasing will be his game but we felt this was too nice a prize to miss out on. He'll go chasing now." In the first race of the second day, Somethingwonderful won the 5yo Buy Your 2014 Annual Badge Maiden Hurdle under Davy Russell, taking the lead before the last and winning by one and three-quarter lengths. Dessie who attended Punchestown on this day and seeing his first win after his recent surgery and recovery said, “He (Somethingwonderful) is going to be a nice horse and he'll probably get further...He jumps well and his job will be chasing. I don't know whether he'd be quick enough to compete in the good novices; he's a stayer and has a good cruising speed.” Dessie had a third win and a double in the same day with Art of Logistics, again under Bryan Cooper in the Buck House Novice Steeplechase (Grade 3) 4yo plus, with an “unbeaten record over fences”, running clear for five and a half lengths to win the race. Dessie said afterwards, “It was a good performance and he's a nice novice to have. It's very seldom we would have any two mile horses and I think he's a two-miler...He'll stick to two miles for the moment and there are some nice novice races for him. He has enough pace for it, especially when the ground turns soft.”
Art Of Payroll owned by Bishopsgate Syndicate and under Bryan Cooper was in the first race of the day at Cork in the Corkracecourse.ie Maiden Hurdle for 4yo. Coming up to the last he was in third but after the last jump he raced on to beat the favourite by a head. Jockey Bryan said afterwards, “He jumped great and he has a bright future.” This was only Art Of Payroll’s second race this year and was Bryan’s fifth winner in the space of five days.
Golden Wonder was 2nd in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Steeplechase for 4yo plus also in Cork, narrowly missing out by a neck.
Favourite Our Conor who hasn’t been out since the 15th March this year in Cheltenham, was 4th in the Woodlands 100 Club October Handicap of 3yo plus, making his “seasonal reappearance” in Naas under Danny Mullins and owned by Barry Connell. He raced in the rear before progressing and moved up to fourth place, keeping on the same pace until the finish. Dessie said afterwards, “I’m delighted. He travelled well and he ran well. The others have been running all year whereas that’s his first run. He’d be 90 per cent fit. It just made so much difference to him when he saw a hurdle, coming from the flat.” Jockey Danny also said, “I’m very happy with that. He was a little bit fresh in places and got a little bit tired...You don’t want a Champion Hurdle horse ready now. He should improve and be alright for the season ahead. Everything went to plan.”
Congratulations to trainer Dessie Hughes and jockey Bryan Cooper in Thurles and Galway. Hunting Party in the www.thurlesraces.ie Beginners Steeplechase 4yo plus was 2nd after tracking the leaders and chased the winner in the 2m6f race. Indian Icon was 2nd in the Devils Bit 3YO Maiden Hurdle in the same day who also tracked the leaders and kept on a steady pace in his hurdling debut. Favourite Coolking was 3rd in the Leugh Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-95) (DIV II) 4yo plus. Nearly Nama’d won the SanServ Handicap Hurdle 4yo plus pushing on through the heavy ground in Galway. In his first time in the hood he galloped to the line to win by a length. Bryan said afterwards, “He won his maiden on heavy ground and the key is to get him to relax and switched off. It’s hard work out there and the hood was a big help today too.”
In Galway in the Corrib Food Products Maiden Hurdle 5yo, Afterclass under R Loughran took 2nd place from three lengths back, and was three-quarters of a length in front of the favourite. Pink Coat was 3rd in the Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle (Grade C) 4yo in Naas, 1.56 lengths behind the winner under Bryan Cooper. Thunder and Roses was 4th in the #10 Admission To Non Festival Maiden Hurdle 4yo under Bryan Cooper, two and a quarter lengths back in Punchestown. Si C’etait Vrai was 2nd in the Ballymore Christmas Fair Beginners Steeplechase 4yo also in Punchestown under Davy Russell. White Star Line the 4/5 favourite won the Wilderness Steeplechase 4yo in Clonmel. He began chasing the leader and moved closer throughout the 2m4f and “hit the front on the turn in”, taking the lead by two lengths under Bryan Cooper. Bryan said afterwards, ” He wants three miles and I didn’t want to get done for toe coming down the hill so I sent him on...He jumped great and he did the job well. I think there could be another big one in him. A staying chase over three miles plus would be right up his alley...He’s only starting to show the ability now that he has, especially after getting his head in front...Dessie mentioned earlier in the week that a race like the Beecher Chase could be a possible.” In Down Royal, Apache Jack was two lengths back in 3rd in the Eventsec Maiden Hurdle 4yo plus under Bryan Cooper, with Guitar Pete winning the Value Cabs 3YO Hurdle by seven lengths again under jockey Bryan Cooper. Trainer Dessie said afterwards, “That was good; I thought the ground might have been a bit quick but he jumped and travelled today”. Bryan said, “The horse that beat him at Gowran got a 'freebie' and in fairness to Guitar Pete, he is getting better. He'll either go to Fairyhouse in a month's time or Leopardstown at Christmas next and might be a Triumph Hurdle horse.”