Ebadiyan: surged to a comfortable eight-length success under John CullenPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Ebadiyan 8-1 for Triumph after success
Report: Punchestown, Monday
Punchestown Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m, 4yo
EBADIYAN is as short as 8-1 (from 20) with William Hill for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after storming clear of his rivals to run out a most impressive winner at Punchestown on Monday.
Trained by Oliver Brady and ridden by John Cullen, he settled in behind favourite and top weight Tharawaat in the early stages.
Oliver Brady: "he annihilated them"PICTURE: Caroline Norris
Turning into the home straight Ebadiyan was moved up to challenge Davy Russell and Tharawaat and when asked he quickened away readily.
He galloped on relentlessly and after winging the last he powered on up the hill to win as the 15-8 second favourite.
Second place went to Tharawaat, who was sent off the 7-4 favourite, just ahead of the Thomas Mullins-trained King Of Queens in third at 7-2.
An ebullient Brady said: "This horse goes to Cheltenham and I think I've finally got my dream to have one as good as him for the Festival. It's taken a long time but I've made it.
"It was a good performance today - he annihilated them. I hope to give him one more run before the Triumph. If they get good ground at Cheltenham, it will take a hell of a horse to beat him.
"There will be Monaghan flags and jerseys at Cheltenham as well as a few surprises I won't tell you about yet!"
Most bookmakers cut the winner after the race with Boylesports offering the biggest price of 16-1 (from 25).