Gordon Elliott's Flaxen Flare made a winning start to his jumping career with a smart display in the Paddy Power On Your Mobile 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Hot favourite Diplomat moved smoothly rounding the home turn, but fluffed his lines at the final flight and Flaxen Flare (11/1) quickened up best on the flat. Davy Condon's mount came home two and a quarter lengths ahead of outsider Ibsen, with Diplomat well held. Call Me Bubbles was the disappointment of the race.
Elliott said: "We always thought he was nice and he beat Diplomat in a schooling race at Fairyhouse. It's hard to really fancy one in these three-year-old hurdle races as they can be a bit rough and ready. We have been quite lucky with three-year-old hurdlers. He is probably not as fast as Shadow Catcher but he might keep going a bit better."
Supporters of odds-on favourite Mumbo Jumbo were made to sweat before he eventually got on top close home to win the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle.
The Margaret Mullins-trained dual bumper winner was a 4-6 favourite having been narrowly beaten on his hurdling bow and was sent straight into the lead by the trainer's son, Danny Mullins. He led until the home turn, when he was passed by Celtic Cailin, but Mullins appeared happy to bide his time.
It almost backfired at the final flight as the smooth-travelling Mumbo Jumbo got in tight, which handed his rival the initiative. But he picked up for pressure on the run-in and was good value for his length-and-a-half victory.
The winning trainer said: "He was just beaten in Listowel and Barry (Connell, owner) wanted to come back here with him. He is a nice horse and it has worked out well. We will find a winners-of-one race for him now."
The mother and son combination went on to complete a double as 12-1 shot Cairdin made every yard of the running in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle.
The six-year-old was fitted with blinkers for the first time and galloped along merrily at the head of affairs. The challengers were queuing up to have a pop at him rounding the home turn, but Cairdin then kicked clear and skipped over the final flight to seal a four-and-a-quarter-length verdict over Forty Foot Tom.
Margaret Mullins said: "I'm delighted with the horse. We put the blinkers on him today as he just looks around a bit and it's great that it came right for him. It's great for Danny too, it's great to have your own doing it! I don't give him instructions, I just leave it to him."
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