Jungle Boogie (10/1) provided trainer Henry De Bromhead with the opening leg of a big-races Ireland-England double today in landing Tramore's Savills New Year's Day Chase, with Bob Olinger later doubling-up in Cheltenham's Reelkeel Hurdle.
Recent renewals of the Tramore race were won by Cheltenham Gold Cup victors and while today's Grade 3 was won by less illustrious Jungle Boogie (10/1), he completed consecutive wins in the race for trainer Henry De Bromhead.
The past five renewals were won by Cheltenham Gold Cup victors with Al Boum Photo bagging four renewals from 2019-'22 and, memorably, Minella Indo providing De Bromhead with a hero's reception following last year's success.
In today's race, run on testing ground, both Jungle Boogie and Classic Getaway went clear in the final half-mile and while the front-running winner was headed by Classic Getaway at the second-last, gamely rallied to retake the lead on the run-in, scoring by a length.
Third-placed Minella Crooner had earlier been outpaced but finishing fastest and closed to within a half-length of runner-up Classic Getaway.
De Bromhead was at Cheltenham where Bob Olinger won the Grade 2 Reelkeel Hurdle, and at Tramore, winning jockey Darragh O'Keeffe reported “Henry said to make the running and was adamant to go a nice gallop as he won his beginners doing that.