De Bromhead and Blackmore strike again with Anti
The Henry de Bromhead-trained Upping The Anti produced a fine front-running performance to open his account in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel.
That rival, sent off an 8/11 shot, just came under pressure going to the second last and took a heavy fall to leave Upping The Anti with a clear advantage.
The 9/2 shot stayed on stoutly in the closing stages to post a 12 length success over Where It All Began.
The winner was stepping forward again having been placed in a maiden hurdle at Wexford last month.
De Bromhead trains the six-year-old for Alan Halsall and he said:- "It is nice to see him win for connections and I'm delighted for the Halsalls.
"He jumped brilliant and is a real chaser in the making. It is great to win his maiden hurdle and we'll see how we progress from there."
It was a bittersweet victory for the trainer with More Than A Memory suffering a fatal fall.