Boston Bob takes full advantage of Mala Beach fall at Fairyhouse
Davy Russell crashes out at second last fence on race favourite
Boston Bob and Rugby Walsh won the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Inpho
Boston Bob was the main beneficiary of the late fall of Mala Beach in the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Mala Beach was sent off the 5-4 favourite in the hands of Davy Russell and he looked the likely winner as he approached the second last in the lead and travelling comfortably.
However, he crashed out at the penultimate obstacle, leaving the Willie Mullins-trained Turban in front with stablemates Boston Bob and On His Own hot on his heels.
Turban was quickly overhauled by his fellow Clostutton inmates, with Ruby Walsh aboard Boston Bob and Patrick Mullins in the plate on On His Own.
That pair settled down to battle it out and while On His Own briefly poked his head in front, Boston Bob battled back to shade it by a head with Turban eight and a half lengths back in third
Willie Mullins said: “It was a bit fortuitous with Mala Beach falling, but you need luck any day of the week. I’m delighted to get a number back in front of Boston Bob’s name and on ground he wouldn’t particularly like.
“It was a good run by On His Own and I loved the way he battled back. At his stage in life he doesn’t kill himself, and I’d say Patrick is looking forward to riding him in the National and maybe in the Gold Cup as well.
“Boston Bob and On His Own are both in the Gold Cup and the National. I’ll have to talk to Graham (Wylie) but they could run in both races.
“Turban was good over that trip and is qualified now for the National. He ran in the Topham last year, and is also on course for the National.”
Paddy Power offer 25-1 about Boston Bob for the English Grand National with On His Own a 33-1 shot.
Newberry New showed plenty of determination as he edged out favourite Voix Du Reve to land the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle.
Voix Du Reve was making his debut for Mullins having previously been trained in France but the 8-15 chance refused to settle for Walsh and took a keen hold in the early stages.
He still looked to be travelling well enough coming to the final two obstacles and he actually headed Newberry New (7-2) as they jumped the last.
However, Jessica Harrington’s charge was not going to give up without a fight and he battled back on the inside rail to eventually claim a half-length win with Tocororo finishing fast to dead heat for second with Voix Du Reve.
Harrington said: “He’s improving, and heavy ground is his thing. He used to get to the front and then curl up, but he really battled today. He was very good and it still amazes me how well he stays.
“It’s most likely that he will come back here at Easter time but I’ll have to discuss it with Noel (Carter, owner). He’s had two tough races so he may need a little break.
“I was delighted with Barnacle Bill (fourth). It was his first hurdle run and he was in against seasoned horses.”