CORMAC Farrell has now won three four-year-old maiden races this season, and notably eight lengths has been the smallest winning margin of his emphatic trio.

Hurricane Highway (93+) was his latest winner at Liscarroll, as he registered a 10-length winning margin on debut, proving to be the class horse of the race by powering clear from two-out and hitting the line full of running in a very likeable performance.

Strong gallop

Deep Cave (92+) similarly finished out his race to particularly good effect in his winning debut at Belclare. This maiden was run to a notably strong gallop, as evidenced by the race clocking a time 13 seconds faster than any other race on the card.

Aaron Murphy’s patient tactics paid dividends as his mount was full of running in the home straight when others faltered.

The mares’ equivalent in that age group at Ballyragget was also a strongly run affair, and it was notable that Fancy Girl (83+), who was never too far away from the pace, kept on strongly to fend off her rivals in a race where the first three home all looked smart types.

The Kilkenny track also played host to Is A Real Champ (104+) who coped particularly well with the move from winners company into the open division by defeating recent Castlelands winner A Rated, and he now looks a particularly attractive proposition for a maiden hunter chase in similar conditions.


Fellow open debutant Come To Me (109+) could not have been any more impressive with his 15-length success at Ballyarthur on Saturday and is very lightly raced to offer a lot of potential for the future.

On the same afternoon, Coco Masterpiece (92++) created quite the impression at Nenagh as things could not have happened any easier for him when he came from off the pace to win with any amount in hand over proven rivals. He looks particularly exciting for connections.