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Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat in the branches.
The Lyons/Keane treble was initiated when Moonlight Bay, bought out of Kevin Prendergast's yard last month, made a successful debut for her new handler in the At the Races Birdcatcher Nursery.
In the Birdcatcher Nursery it could pay to side with Jim Bolger's Solar Wave who has already won twice this season.
25 Naas 1pt win The Birdcatcher looks typically competitive but there could be more to come from this unexposed 80-rated type.
When they leave to tell the queen of what happened, the birdcatcher Papageno appears and boasts how he was the one who killed the creature.
As the prince who finds himself facing a series of trials, with the prize a princess, Peter Wedd was every bit the brooding hero - and straight man to birdcatcher Papageno, the brightest light in the show.
05) is fancied to give his rivals weight and a beating in the Birdcatcher Premier Nursery.
He is armed with a magic flute to protect him along the way and accompanied by the birdcatcher Papa-geno in his coat of many coloured feathers.
To help him on his quest, the queen gives a magic flute to Tamino and an enchanted glockenspiel to his cowardly birdcatcher friend, Papageno.
And, of course, her favourite is A Birdcatcher Am I, from Mozart's Magic Flute opera.
Richard Burkhard deserves special mention for his well-balanced comic performance as Papageno the Birdcatcher and the three ladies - Catherine Hegarty, Gaynor Keeble and Tamsin Dalley - ably complemented him with their delightful soprano/mezzo-soprano singing which added humour and drama when needed.
The At The Races Birdcatcher Premier Nursery is always a tough race to solve.