WALK AWAY was certainly the horse to take from Thurles on Thursday where he scooted home in a two miles six furlongs maiden hurdle.
He joined Henry de Bromhead before Christmas and there was plenty of confidence behind the Waterford runner who was sent off a 13/8 jolly.
While not foot perfect at all of the hurdles, he still looked way above average and de Bromhead was saying afterwards that his next run will probably be over three miles.
“He’s good, a real chaser in the making and a gorgeous looking individual.”
“He’s a real stayer in the making too, and it’s Fairyhouse or Punchestown next” Henry explained.
Willie Mullins tends to start off a lot of his better runners at the mid Tipperary track and Cash Back went into many notebooks after a smooth maiden hurdle win.
Tucked in by Paul Townend behind long time leader Ringo Kid he was always travelling best.
When asked for his effort the French import quickened up and, despite a mistake at the last, the 10/11 hotpot was always going to deliver.
Townend said: “He will improve for that and, apart from the last, he jumped beautifully.”
“He will certainly jump a fence in time and will handle an ease in the ground too” he added.
Mullins and his son Patrick have a massive strike rate in bumpers at this venue.
And the generously priced 11/4 chance Golden Spread added to the tally.
Patrick said “He was beaten by a very good horse (Andy Dufresne) at Down Royal and he has improved a lot fitness wise and mentally since then.”
“The third horse that day has also won since so the form stands up.”
“He is a very laid back horse and could go out in trip no bother” he explained.
Declan’s two selections at Thurles on Thursday, Smoking Gun 3/1 (w 6/4) and Golden Spread 11/4 both obliged. Sign up now to get the inside line on the Irish runners at Cheltenham next week!