Davy Russell won the first two races at Tramore on Sunday, a day after landing the Grand National on Tiger Roll.
Congratulated by well-wishers on his way to partner the John Kiely-trained Decision Time in the opening mares' maiden hurdle, Russell produced his mount with a perfectly-timed run, after being held up for most of the race, to lead just before the final flight.Beliou Le Fume put in a late bid, but Decision Time was three-quarters of a length too good at the line. Long-time leader Kiera Royale was three and a half lengths away in third.
Kiely said: “It’s a thrill to be able to give Davy his first winner after yesterday. I doubted that he would turn up today, because he was dragged here and there and everywhere!
“He gave Tiger Roll a great ride. It’s lovely to witness sport like this.”
He added of the winner: “She is a nice mare, she would probably like better ground, but she is after winning over hurdles now, which is nice."
Russell’s winning spree continued when he completed a quick double courtesy of Monatomic in the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Family Fun Afternoon Maiden Hurdle.
From the National-winning team of owners Gigginstown House Stud and trainer Gordon Elliott, Monatomic (9/2) jumped into the lead at the second-last and looked set for a smooth success.
However, the pack closed in and in the end the five-year-old was all out to hold Kingsteel and Touch Base by a short head and the same in a driving finish.Russell said: “I was a winner everywhere, but the line was my most worrying point.
“He just lugged out a little bit, I’d say he was watching the horse on his outside.
“It’s grand to get a mark for him now, as he had been struggling.”
The day's feature event, the two-mile and five-furlong chase, went to High Nellie, trained by Michael Bowe and partnered by Cathal Landers. The 5/1 winner made most of the running in a race which saw 5/4 favourite Pylonthepressure pulled up. His jockey Paul Townend reported that his mount had jumped poorly and "never travelled".
That horse's trainer Willie Mullins had better luck later when Agusta Gold (evens favourite) won the closing mares' bumper by six lengths.
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