Monbeg Park (Walk In The Park) Wins The Maiden Hurdle At Punchestown

Monbeg Team Pile Praise On Son Of Walk In The Park

Sean Doyle described Monbeg Park (5g Walk In The Park - Cyclone’s Sister, by Stowaway) as "very special" after winning Sunday’s maiden hurdle at Punchestown.

A debut winner of a four-year-old maiden at Tattersalls, the well-related bay won a bumper in April and finished a promising second on hurdle debut last month. Partnered by Bryan Cooper on Sunday, he raced prominently throughout and was ridden to lead after the second last. Keeping on well on the run-in, he scored by two and three quarter lengths from Will Do (Walk In The Park), as the favourite Seabank Bistro (Walk In The Park) took third.

“We've never had anything like him,” Sean Doyle said after the race. “He's very special, and when he jumps a fence we'll see the best of him.”

Monbeg Park runs in the colours of Donnchadh Doyle and was bred by Grange Stud out of a full-sister to Hidden Cyclone.

At Cork earlier that afternoon, Itswhatunitesus (5g Walk In The Park - Ballyallia Pride, by Presenting) completed the first leg of a double for his sire when landing in the maiden hurdle under Davy Russell.

An impressive debut winner of a bumper, Gordon Elliott’s charge went on to finished fourth in a Grade 2 and returned to finish second on his hurdle bow at Galway last month. The Alymer Stud-owned bay made all of the running on his fourth career start and was ridden from the final flight. Keeping on well, he held off the favourite by a length and three quarters, with the pair drawing clear of the field.

The promising son of Walk In The Park was bred by Mrs E Costelloe.