Catleen purrs for Mullins as Walsh enjoys Page Turner
Pride Of the Parish's absence meant Catleen was Willie Mullins' only remaining runner on the card at Limerick yesterday, and she duly obliged in the handicap hurdle.
The 6/4 favourite was travelling strongest swinging into the straight and Ruby Walsh sent her on for a two-lengths verdict over Rockers Field.
John Joe Walsh's Page Turner benefited from Parish's absence as the seven-year-old was a clear-cut winner of yesterday's EBF Maiden Hurdle, delivering on the promise of the seven-year-old's jumping debut.
Walsh's charge (5/2) found only high-class Flat recruit Distant Memories too strong at this venue over Christmas, but got off the mark yesterday.
He still showed a really willing attitude to cross the line 12 lengths ahead of Futuramic.
The complexion of the mares maiden hurdle changed with the midway departure of Thynetocatcher and Tellherimnothere, but nothing can be taken away from Lisrose. The 6/1 shot saw off Mini Vic by six-and-a-half lengths under Declan Queally.
Joe O'Keeffe's Special Token (11/8 favourite) gained compensation for her Cork demotion when handing out a comprehensive defeat to the opposition in the novice chase in the hands of Martin Ferris, beating Carrigdhoun by nine and a half lengths.