Less than 24 hours after Oscar Whisky (6g Oscar-Ash Baloo, by Phardante) landed a G2 hurdle at Cheltenham, Oscar had another big winner at Punchestown on Sunday when Lord Windermere (5g Oscar-Satellite Dancer, by Satco) won the Listed EBF Novice Hurdle.
The five-year-old gave trainer Jim Culloty his first Listed success when beating the favourite Dylan Ross to take the two-mile hurdle.
“He’s green and that’s why he was 25/1 when he won his maiden hurdle (at Thurles on November 17). We’ve always thought he had loads of ability,” Culloty told ww.irishracing.com.
“He’s improving with every run and he’s a slow learner. He’s a big chaser and he’s got an engine. He’s in the Grade 1 novice hurdle at Leopardstown at Christmas but that might come a bit soon for him.”
“I didn’t want to go to a Grade 1 straight from his maiden so that’s why I came here as a stepping stone. We’ll find a race for him in February and that will decide which route he goes. Whatever he does he’ll go novice chasing next October.”
Lord Windermere, who was bred by Edmond Coleman, was bought for owner Dr Ronan Lambe by Culloty for £75,000 at the 2010 Brightwells December Sale at Cheltenham.