Nolan strikes Gold at Perth
Paul Nolan was delighted to secure his first ever winner at Perth as Acapulco Gold struck gold in the hands of champion jockey Tony McCoy.
The County Wexford handler saddled his first two runners at the Scottish circuit last month, one of which was Acapulco Gold, who finished an honourable fourth over two and a half miles on that occasion.
Tackling three miles for the first time in the TUV-SUD Consulting Engineers Handicap Chase, the 4-1 shot stayed on powerfully from the final fence to score by six lengths from Wild Geese.
Nolan said: "It's nice to have a winner and he saw out the three miles well.
"He was a bit unlucky to fall in Tipperary a couple of starts back and it has just taken a while for him to get his confidence back.
"He's rated around 120 over hurdles and he'll be getting to that sort of mark over fences as well now. That's what he is, so he might struggle from here on in, but it's nice to get another win out of him anyway.
"We might mix it with him a bit. He could go back over hurdles or back on the Flat.
"He'll be running in those lesser contests and we'll see how we go. Now he's shown he stays three miles we've a few more options."
There was further success for Ireland in the Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle as brothers Stuart and Steven Crawford claimed victory with 3-1 chance Call Box.
Gordon Elliott's Hold Em Cowboy was the 4-5 favourite, but was beaten a length and a quarter by Steven Crawford's mount.
Winning trainer Stuart Crawford said: "I'm delighted as he was having his first run for new owners today. It's a good start for them and he's done it well.
"He could probably have done with the ground a bit softer than it was, but it was only a small field so we decided to let him take his chance.
"We have a few options for him now. He's a fairly flexible sort of horse as he handles most ground and he can run over hurdles or fences.
"He could be one for something like the Munster National next year."
The Irish raiding party completed a treble on the day as the Shark Hanlon-trained It's All An Act struck as the 4-6 favourite under McCoy in the concluding bumper.
Brian Ellison's It's A Mans World (15-8) was an impressive seven-length winner of the TUV-SUD Consulting Engineers Novices' Hurdle under Craig Gallagher.
Fergal O'Brien and Paddy Brennan combined to take the Moness Estate Handicap Hurdle with 6-1 shot Emily's Flyer, while Jim Goldie's Dhaular Dhar was a 25-1 winner of the TUV-SUD Consulting Engineers Handicap Hurdle.
Scotch Warrior (5-2 favourite) edged out Sergeant Pink by a neck in a thrilling finish to the Prestige Handicap Chase.