Tenzing (Milan) Wins The Maiden Hurdle At Cork

Son Of Milan Makes Smart Start Over Hurdles

Tenzing (5g Milan - Francesa, by Silver Patriarch) appeared to relish a step up in trip when making a winning hurdle debut at Cork on Easter Monday.

Third in a bumper earlier this season, the Willie Mullins-trained bay was well-supported on his first start over hurdles, which say him step up to three miles. He tracked the leaders for much of the way under Kieran Callaghan, improving to lead before the third last and was ridden from two out. Ridden clear on the run-in, he beat his more experienced rivals by three and a quarter lengths.

“He went away nicely from the second last,” Callaghan commented after the race. “If something came to him he would have gone away again. I had loads of horse left and the step up in trip definitely suited him.”

Owned by Chris Jones, the €50,000 foal purchase was bred by Gerard Mullins.

Milan sired another smart five-year-old winner the previous day when Sound And Fury (5g Milan - Tarantella Lady, by Noverre) took the five-year-old geldings maiden at Loughanmore.

Second on debut earlier this month, Colin McKeever’s charge raced in mid-division under Barry O’Neill and began to make headway on the turn for home. Soon in front, he gained a clear advantage by the final fence and kept on well to win by four lengths.