ON board Aramax, Clane jockey Mark Walsh delivered a four-timer for The Festival’s winning-most owner JP McManus when powering home to win the G3 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on day two of The Chelthenham Festival.
Wins for Champ (G1 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase), Dame De Compagnie (G3 Coral Cup) and Easysland (Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase) were the other successful legs of the JP quad.
For Mark Walsh this was a first winner of the week, fourth at the Festival, and he was relieved to join the JP McManus party.
Walsh said: “It was a little bit rough early on over the first three hurdles. I pulled him out down the back for a little bit of light and, once I did that, he travelled a lot smoother and jumped a lot better.
“I got a nice lead into the straight off Daryl and didn’t want to hit the front too soon but I could hear everyone coming behind me, so I had to keep going. Luckily, he winged the last and galloped all the way to the line.
“The second horse gave me a battle and he wanted it out there – he put his head down and galloped all the way to the line, so he is a good, tough horse.”
It has also been a successful day for trainer Gordon Elliot, who added this victory to that of Envoi Allen in the G1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle earlier in the day.
For good measure Elliot trained the 1-3-4 in this race too. Mark Walsh drove the juvenile home a length clear of Night Edition (16/1, David Pipe/Tom Scudamore), with Elliott’s Saint D’oroux (14/1) a further three lengths back in third.
The County Meath man said: “It was grand. I was worried about the ground for all the horses but they ran well.
“Mark gave the winner a great ride, giving him a lovely bit of room the whole way around and he jumped well. We always thought this was the right race to go for.
“That’s our third winner of the week – the horses are flying.”