Ut De Sivola lands odds from unlucky Hisaabaat
Report: Punchestown, Saturday
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UT DE SIVOLA continues to be Ireland's main hope for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham after landing odds of 1-4 - although it was not as easy as the SP suggests.
Ruby Walsh's mount was hardly convincing in victory and may not have won had the Dermot Weld-trained Hisaabaat not dived at the last and lost all chance.
Paddy Power have left Ut De Sivola unchanged for the Triumph at 10-1, the same price as Irish Cesarewitch winner Minsk, who has not yet run over hurdles.
Over the years Ireland's record in the Triumph has never been spectacular, though interestingly two of their winners in modern times, Commanche Court and Shawiya, both won preps at Punchestown beforegoing on to score at Cheltenham. That is a good omen for the first two home, who both finished well clear of the third, Burrenbridge Lodge.
Mullins will now look to next month's big trials meeting at Leopardstown after that. "He was very keen out wide early on," he said. "I hope has has improved again and we'll look at the race on Hennessy day."
This looked a competitive affair beforehand with the consistent One Cool Shabra for Oliver Brady and the Gigginstown battalion's Discoteca among the line-up. Nevertheless Ut De Sivola went off a very short-priced favourite for Mullins and Walsh, who together have proved an unstoppable force this season.
The Robin Des Champs gelding, an easy winner of his maiden at Clonmel, certainly travelled like an odds-on shot, though Hisaabaat went well throughout too. Although Walsh was the last to ask his mount a question, the runner-up, with Paul Townend on board, was proving stubborn opposition and it really was anybody's race at the last when Hisaabaat lost all chance with an unfortunate blunder.
Like Paddy Power, Boylesports left the winner unchanged at 9-1 for the Triumph. They give Hisaabaat a 20-1 quote.