Bacardys too good for Apple's Jade in Lismullen Hurdle

Bacardys
Bacardys

Bacardys sprang a surprise at Navan when denying Apple's Jade a third win in the feature Lismullen Hurdle.

The 1/4 favourite set out to make all the running but having been harried by Magic Of Light, was in trouble as the 10/3 winner was pulled out to challenge after the second last.

Paul Townend's mount found a change of gear to leave the market leader toiling and a safe leap at the last sent him on his way for a nine-and-a-half length success.

The winner is trained by Willie Mullins and his son and assistant Patrick said: "He deserved that - it's his first win since I won on him at Punchestown a couple of years ago.

"He looked fantastic in the parade ring beforehand. Myself and Willie had a bit of an argument about three weeks ago, because he wanted to school him over fences and I was saying he should stay over hurdles. We won one argument with him, which is unusual!

"He ran very well in the spring in those staying hurdles, but was always coming off a bad chasing preparation. Hopefully now, with a full season over hurdles, he can be competitive in the Stayers Hurdle' at Cheltenham and Punchestown.

"He'll probably go for the Hatton's Grace now and then the three-mile hurdle in Leopardstown at Christmas."

Elliott was not making any excuses for Apple's Jade - who now has something to prove, having also failed to fire in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, in the Aintree Hurdle and at Punchestown at the end of last season.

He said: "We scoped her, and she was clean. The vets examined her, and she was grand. Puppy (Power) said she never showed any zest at all. She's had four hard years now, and we'll see how she is.

"She was second in a Grade Two and she runs her heart out every day. It's disappointing she didn't win, but she's not a machine. I'll talk to Michael and Eddie (O'Leary), but she's been a horse of a lifetime and she doesn't owe us anything."


Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

Defi Du Seuil (centre)1

Defi tees up Tingle Creek bid

Defi Du Seuil came out on top in a thrilling four-horse race for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day2

Daily Nap: Bay of plenty

David Ord nailed a 100/30 winner at Cheltenham on Sunday and Matt Brocklebank heads to Southwell as he looks to follow up with another winner.

Tom Bellamy celebrates3

Hurrah for Harambe in Greatwood

Harambe provided trainer Alan King with his second Unibet Greatwood Hurdle victory in three years with a tenacious success at 16/1.

Check out Oli Bell's tips for the weekend
4

Oli Bell: Sunday best bets

Six bets for our man at Cheltenham on Sunday and he's expecting Harry Whittington to enjoy a good afternoon.

Put The Kettle On5

Put The Kettle On wins Arkle Trial

The Henry De Bromhead-trained mare Put The Kettle On won the Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham under a fine, front-running ride from Aidan Coleman.

Most Read Racing

Defi Du Seuil (centre)1

Defi tees up Tingle Creek bid

Defi Du Seuil came out on top in a thrilling four-horse race for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day2

Daily Nap: Bay of plenty

David Ord nailed a 100/30 winner at Cheltenham on Sunday and Matt Brocklebank heads to Southwell as he looks to follow up with another winner.

Tom Bellamy celebrates3

Hurrah for Harambe in Greatwood

Harambe provided trainer Alan King with his second Unibet Greatwood Hurdle victory in three years with a tenacious success at 16/1.

Check out Oli Bell's tips for the weekend
4

Oli Bell: Sunday best bets

Six bets for our man at Cheltenham on Sunday and he's expecting Harry Whittington to enjoy a good afternoon.

Put The Kettle On5

Put The Kettle On wins Arkle Trial

The Henry De Bromhead-trained mare Put The Kettle On won the Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham under a fine, front-running ride from Aidan Coleman.

Next Race Off

17:53 Laurel Park
4
(4)
Toy
J: Jorge Vargas Jr
5
(5)
Tapping The Glass
J: Victor Rosales
3
(3)
Justwaveandsmile
J: Jorge Ruiz
1
(1)
Decorated
J: Sheldon Russell
2
(2)
Whiskey And You
J: Feargal Lynch
6
(6)
Captain Harley
J: Jose Rivera Jr
7
(7)
Devlin
J: Xavier Perez

Racing Tips

Action from Southwell

Monday racing preview

Erissimus Maximus can strike on his second start since joining sprint specialist Robert Cowell, according to Keith Hamer - he previews the action.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day

Daily Nap: Bay of plenty

David Ord nailed a 100/30 winner at Cheltenham on Sunday and Matt Brocklebank heads to Southwell as he looks to follow up with another winner.

De Rasher Counter looks a big price at 33/1

Antepost Angle: Ladbrokes Trophy

Matt Brocklebank tipped the Ladbrokes Trophy winner at 33/1 last year and launches his winter column with another big-priced tip for the Newbury feature.