Darasso took full advantage of Flooring Porter’s crash on the penultimate flight to claim the grade two Lismullen hurdle at Navan.
Flooring Porter, the hero of last season’s Stayers Hurdle, had made the run and still seemed to be going into himself, despite being challenged by Grand Roi when he got off. Thankfully, both Gavin Crowmell’s six-year-old and cyclist Danny Mullins quickly got to their feet.
He thus leaves it to Darasso (4-1), who had recovered ground from the last place in the standings, to pick up the pieces.
The eight-year-old, coached by Joseph O’Brien, managed to hit the front under Luke Dempsey and get the six-length haul from last year’s winner Sire De Berlais, to give owner JP McManus first and second. .
“He has been very consistent all year, he has had some good races, so it’s nice to see him back up front,” said McManus racing manager Frank Berry.
“He’s at Morgiana next weekend and we’ll see how he’s doing during the week, he won’t mind coming out soon. If he’s in good shape we might have a chance.
“He’s probably not good enough for Grade One, but he could reap some cash – he never runs a bad race.”
Dempsey said: “It was a great performance. He likes that good ground and in the end he did it well. He’s been on the move all summer and the others haven’t, so that helped him. He had an advantage in terms of physical fitness “.
When asked if he thought he had Flooring Porter covered, he added: “I’m not sure if he hit me or not, to be totally honest with you. I was coming with my run at the time and felt I had enough of. left horse. He did it right. He’s a right horse.
“We went very fast, there was nothing to do. I was guiding my boyfriend to run well and collect everything I could. When they went so fast in the beginning, I knew he would play my hand.”