Flynn eyes Grade One glory after Lip win
Pat Flynn has his eyes on Grade One glory for Louisville Lip after he made a winning debut over obstacles in the WT O'Grady Memorial Hurdle at Thurles.
The 20-1 chance looked to have been set a stiff task with smart Flat performers Maxim Gorky and Table Mountain in the line-up, but Louisville Lip proved too strong.
Always travelling strongly for David Casey, the four-year-old quickened to the lead heading towards the final flight and came home two-and-a-half lengths clear of favourite Maxim Gorky, with Table Mountain eighth.
"I rate this horse very highly -- I love him," enthused Flynn. "He schooled well, but you never know until they get to the track to run over hurdles.
"He'll go for the Grade One (Spring Juvenile Hurdle) at Leopardstown on Hennessy day (February 6)."
Stan James has given Louisville Lip a 40-1 quote to land a knockout blow in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Outsider Follow The Plan sprang a surprise when he struck in the Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase.
Oliver McKiernan's charge was sent off at 25-1, having not found the winner's enclosure since December 2008, and he looked booked for minor honours at best as Roberto Goldback, favourite J'y Vole and Newmill were in front coming to the final fence.
But Patrick Mangan switched his mount to the far rail and he finished strongly to win by a neck.
McKiernan said: "I wasn't expecting that, but that just makes it all the sweeter. He was a bit sticky at a few fences over on the far side but he came home like a train."
Michael Winters' flagbearer For Bill continued her excellent run of form by claiming the Ask & Getaway Coolmore NH Sires EBF Novice Chase.
Ridden by Paul Carberry, the 5-2 chance had only favourite Blazing Tempo for company in the straight, and, after Tempo made a crucial mistake soon after turning for home, For Bill took full advantage to claim a five-length success.
Winters said: "I knew she was right coming here."