Mixed luck following Cheltenham

Salsaretta and Paul Townend jump the final fence to win the Grade 2 Charleville Cheese Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase for Willie Mullins at Limerick on Sunday. (Photo: Alain Barr/Racing Post)

Cahir apprentice Shane Crosse gave Joseph O'Brien a welcome change of luck after a disappointing Cheltenham Festival when landing the claiming race at Dundalk on Friday evening on Will Be King which justified strong market support.

The 6/4 favourite ran out the easiest winner of the night, the four-year-old scoring by four and a quarter-lengths from his main market rival Lady De Vesci. The winner was claimed and will now go into training with Ger O’Leary.

Another Tipperary youngster on the mark was Gavin Ryan who gave Donnacha O'Brien a second training success as Mythologic, in the colours of the trainer’s mother Annemarie, took the concluding 8f handicap.

The 13/8 favourite got to the front inside the final furlong and beat Mick Mulvany’s Comfort Line by half a length with Ryan saying, “He ran well in a maiden here the last day when finishing third. He handles the surface well and I thought he was capable of winning one of these. He’s dropped down a bit in grade today and we thought we were coming here with every chance.”

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