Bob Olinger made a successful begin over fences with a snug verdict within the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rookies Chase at Gowran Park.
The six-year-old received three of his 4 begins over hurdles for Henry de Bromhead final time period, culminating in Grade One victories at Naas in January after which within the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on the Cheltenham Competition in March.
His deliberate begin at Punchestown final week was scuppered by a stone bruise, however he was clearly over that situation as he cantered dwelling within the arms of Darragh O’Keeffe.
Barcardys set the early gallop, with Bob Olinger racing alongside, and turning for dwelling there have been solely actually three contenders within the body as Ashdale Bob made a splash for glory in the midst of the pair.
Nonetheless, when O’Keeffe requested him Bob Olinger upped a gear and regardless of a slight stumble after leaping the third-last – at which Ashdale Bob got here to grief – the end result was by no means doubtful.
The 1-3 favorite cleared the ultimate two fences safely, coming dwelling six and a half lengths away from Barcardys, with Grasp McShee an additional 10 lengths again in third.
Bob Olinger’s common rider Rachael Blackmore was absent as she was at Haydock to journey A Plus Tard within the Betfair Chase, and O’Keeffe was thrilled to staff up with the top-class performer.
He mentioned: “It was some expertise. He jumped good, travelled nice and it is pretty much as good a sense as I’ve ever obtained on the racetrack. It was unreal.
“He has a severe engine and it was only a privilege to get the journey on him.”
When requested if he was slightly novicey at just a few fences, he added: “If you wish to be crucial of him, I suppose you would say that, however it’s his first run over fences and these take loads of leaping.
“General I believed his leaping was excellent and he’ll come on loads from at present as nicely.
“He has the scope and he received some extent to level for Pat Doyle. As we speak was nearly getting spherical, we all know he has the engine.”