At this year’s Fairyhouse, Instit pulled off an impressive victory at the BoyleSports Mares Novice Chase by defeating the highly favored Allegorie de Vassy, trained by Willie Mullins.
Despite being denied a chance to win at the Cheltenham Festival by Impervious, Allegorie seemed to have a great opportunity to return to the winner’s circle. With a 20-pound difference in ratings between her and Instit, Paul Townend could have easily chosen her over Instit.
An unfortunate mistake
Initially, everything seemed to be going according to plan for Paul Townend as he kept a close eye on Instit (15-2) as they entered the final straight. However, as we have witnessed on several occasions in recent years, Danny Mullins executed a flawless ride from the front. He took control of the race before the final hurdle, leaving Townend looking uneasy in the lead. Ultimately, Instit regained the lead just before the finish line, while Allegorie De Vassey made an unfortunate error during the conclusion of the race.
Danny Mullins expressed his pride in the fact that he conserved his energy for crucial parts of the race, allowing him to emerge victorious. He also noted that despite the race being perfectly mapped out for Paul, he was still able to come out on top.
Danny Mullins acknowledged that he made a few minor mistakes during the race but managed to maintain a slightly faster pace than his competitors, which helped him secure the win. He also mentioned that the ground conditions had been affected by rain over the past week, making it sticky despite the wind and sun. However, he praised the course for being in excellent condition with fantastic grass.
Annamix’s Exceptional win
The victory of Annamix at (18/1) came as a surprise to many racing enthusiasts, especially since it was her first win since November 2020. Despite being a former favorite on the race track, Rich and Susannah Ricci’s horse has not been living up to expectations lately, even struggling in the hunter chaser sphere.
The jockey who rode Annamix to victory mentioned that he was aware they were racing at a fast pace and decided to hold back initially. He waited until the final stretch to let the horse fly and gradually picked up speed. Despite making a few errors, the jockey praised Annamix’s ability to take off from any position.
Drama with Belle as she is awarded a feature
Risk Belle, the favorite in the 100,000 EUR RYBO handicap hurdle, required assistance from the stewards to secure the win, but ultimately justified her status as the favorite.
Sean Doyle’s Monbeg Park crossed the finish line first, beating Mullins’ 7/2 market leader by half a length. However, during the race, Risk Belle was knocked off her stride with half a furlong to go. Brian Lawless, the jockey of Monbeg Park, attempted to keep his horse away from Risk Belle, but it continued to swerve to the right.
JP McManus was pleased to welcome back three winners, which made for a great day for jockey Mark Walsh. It was his first day back in action since Cheltenham and he was happy to secure a double. Walsh stated that he believed his horse had gained valuable experience at Cheltenham and was satisfied with her light weight in the race at Fairyhouse. He also noted that she had a good run and has high hopes for her continued improvement.
JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry also made a comment, stating that the horse had experienced a couple of bumps and a bad fall at Leopardstown, and was a bit unlucky during the Boodles. Despite this, he was proud of her jumping and has high hopes for her continued improvement in the future.
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