Bell tolls for Vesper
A review of the rest of the card at Leopardstown where Vesper Bell was an emphatic winner of the opening contest.
You Must Know Me (9/10) was sent off as an odds-on favourite having made Boston Bob pull out all of the stops at Navan earlier in the month and having been handed an easy lead, Andrew Lynch looked confident of gaining compensation.
Ruby Walsh refused to panic and having brought Vesper Bell (5/4) into contention at the third last, the favourite made a bad mistake and quickly dropped away.
The forecast slot eventually being filled by 25/1 outsider, Carry Each Other.
Henry De Bromhead later reported that the favourite had finished the race lame.
Luke's Benefit (2/1f) landed the derekoneill.com Handicap Chase under 7lb conditional, Brian Cawley.
Itsuptoyou looked to have poached a racewinning lead as they met the last fence, but the young rider exhibited few nerves as the grey got up in the shadows of the post.
Hartside (5/2) proved a fortuitous winner of the Maiden Hurdle on the card under Davy Russell as odds-on favourite, Fatcatinthehat, capitulated at the last when well clear of his field.
The Dessie Hughes trained Canaly (9/1) followed up a recent win over chase fences at Fairyhouse with victory over hurdles in the fifth race on the card.
The Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle looked a suitable opportunity for Sacre Malta to follow up his Limerick victory but William Murphy's six-year-old burnt the fingers of his supporters as World Citizen (10/1) came to the rescue of the layers.
Our Pollyanna (7/1) made all to take the bumper for Pru Dobbs and Patrick King.