Hiddenvalley Lake convincing in Boyne Hurdle

Hiddenvalley Lake firmly banished the memory of a fall on his chasing debut at Navan in December when landing the William Hill Boyne Hurdle at the same track on Sunday, the biggest success of his career. 

Darragh O'Keeffe tracked leader Beacon Edge for much of the two miles and five furlongs before delivering his challenge aboard the seven-year-old between the final two flights. 

Hiddenvalley Lake, who carries the Robcour colours also sported by leading Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle contenders Teahupoo and Irish Point, crossed the line three and a quarter lengths to the good from 2021 Boyne winner Beacon Edge, giving Henry de Bromhead a first success in the Grade 2 contest. 

Assistant trainer Robbie Power said: “He's done plenty of schooling back over hurdles and Henry's done a lot of work with him. He's a very good jumper of a fence and was just unfortunate the last day. 

"He loves heavy ground and Darragh said the further he went the better he jumped. When they stepped on the pace he jumped better up the straight."

Power added: “We knew he'd stay well over that trip and that ground probably suited him. It's great to get that and we'll see where we go next.

“He stays three miles and we'll have a look at all the big festivals coming up and see what the options are. He's a fresh horse, he's only had two runs and that's his first completed run this season.”

Hiddenvalley Lake was sent off the 3-1 favourite, just holding market favouritism from Beacon Edge, a notable market mover in the minutes before the race.

By contrast last year's winner Blazing Khal was weak for his reappearance, and a couple of sloppy jumps down the back straight soon put him under pressure, with Philip Byrnes accepting the situation and pulling him up after two out. 

While Gordon Elliott had to settle for second with Beacon Edge, he will surely have been delighted with Galvin's staying-on fourth in preparation for a likely tilt at the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the festival. 

In the context of that race, he pulled ten lengths clear of his stablemate Delta Work, who got the better of the argument at the festival last March. 

William Hill cut Galvin to 5-1 (from 11-2) and also trimmed cross-country favourite Minella Indo into 5-2 from 3-1, while the same firm pushed Delta Work out to 5-1 (from 4) in his quest for a hat-trick in the race.