It took trainer Dermot Weld over five days of racing to get his first winner at the Galway festival in which may come as a surprise to many as the handler is generally a formidable force at this venue, Nonetheless his horse Aydoun took the opening O’Leary Insurances Maiden Hurdle in fine style with Bryan Cooper in the saddle.
Aydoun was re-emerging for the second time this week after running creditable on his belated debut over flights on Monday, the chestnut son of Mastercraftsman was fitted with cheek-pieces for the first time today which undoubtedly work an oracle as the horse kept on finding,
Most firms priced the horse up at 13/2 and he was settled in mid-division by Bryan Cooper looking happy to bide his time though gradually improving into a closer fifth from before two out.
He soon came with his challenge on the outer, and hit the front after the last, stretching clear under pressure on the run-in to score by six lengths.
The 11/8 red hot favourite Big Ben had to settle for minor honours under Barry Geraghty for Joseph O’Brien, while Shinghari was another six and a half lengths away in the third for Denis Hogan.
Winning jockey Bryan Cooper stated afterwards: “His run the last day was good. He had a little blow on me so we put the cheekpieces on him to sharpen him up a bit. I was worried what he’d find when he came off the bridle but to be fair he found plenty, and he won going away”, “There is plenty of novices between now and Christmas and I think he will really handle soft ground so we’ll see how Mr Weld places him.”