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TRAMORE THURSDAY: Poker Party has all the aces at Tramore
on 14 December 2017
Henry De Bromhead-trained Poker Party stretched to a five-length success while French import Laurina proved herself for trainer Willie Mullins on her Irish debut

POKER Party (4-1 joint-fav) made it two wins on the bounce when running out a convincing victor of the Waterford & Tramore Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle.

Henry De Bromhead's charge came into this on the back of a good win at Clonmel and was much too strong once again, making all of the running before stretching five lengths clear of Chateauneuf Du Pap on the run-in.

De Bromhead Said afterwards: "The penny has finally dropped with him and he's improving. It was a super ride from Dylan and he seems to like that ground and stays well.

"I'm delighted for his owners the Acheson's and it's nice to get one here. I haven't really looked much further than today."

A fine leap at the last saw Ardera Cross (4-1 joint-fav) get the better of Glencairn View in the Waterford & Tramore Racecourse 2017 Recognition Award Beginners Chase.

There was nothing between the pair as they headed towards the final fence but Ardera Cross produced a bold leap and edged on to score by three quarters of a length.

Winning trainer Eoin Doyle said: "I was delighted with the way he jumped because we ran him in Downpatrick and he was a bit novicey.

"His jumping won it for him and he travelled well. We will probably look for something here on New Years Day as he likes it here. He could run over hurdles or fences. The key is that he likes to be fresh. If you run him close together he just doesn't take it for some reason, so we'll freshen him up and bring him back."

There was a shock winner of the Waterford & Tramore Directors Handicap Chase as Cadawill stayed on best to oblige at odds of 25-1.

Laurina (1-4 fav) looks another fine prospect for the Willie Mullins stable to go to war with judging by her taking victory in the opening Online Tickets From www.tramore-racecourse.com Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The French import never gave her supporters an anxious moment as she cruised round under Paul Townend before easing into the lead approaching the penultimate flight of hurdles.

She was in no danger thereafter and quickly drew away from Mag Brady to score by 15 lengths.

Ardera Cross enhanced his fine record around Tramore when claiming the beginners chase on today's card.

Eoin Doyle's charge had won twice and been runner-up twice on five previous visits to the course. He recorded his third track, and career, win when getting the better of fellow 4/1 joint-favourite Glencairn View after a good battle from the second last.

Donagh Meyler produced his charge to challenge at the penultimate fence and he jumped the last upsides Glencairn View. A slightly quicker jump gave him the advantage and he stayed on well in the closing stages to record a three parts of a length victory.

"I was delighted with the way he jumped because we ran him in Downpatrick and he was a bit novicey,” said Doyle.

“You would wonder any horse that could win here in August would he handle that ground. His jumping won it for him and he travelled well. We will probably look for something here on New Years Day as he likes it here. He could run over hurdles or fences.

“The key is that he likes to be fresh. If you run him close together he just doesn't take it for some reason, so we'll freshen him up and bring him back."

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