Fahey on mark with Memories

first_img A Grade Three winner over hurdles last season and placed at the highest level at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, Paul Fahey’s charge was the 5-2 favourite for his third chasing start. With Paul Townend in the plate for the first time, Lots Of Memories jumped well, but had Jarry D’Honneur and Fine Rightly for company at the second-last. Lots Of Memories got off the mark over fences with a dominant display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan. The latter threatened to make a real race of it for a moment, but Lots Of Memories powered away on the run to the final fence and galloped 11 lengths clear. Champagne James stayed on for third. Fahey said: “This was two miles and four furlongs at the original stage (in the racing programme) but I missed the text when it was changed back to two miles and one. “We said we’d let him take his chance as if we wanted to run at Christmas he needed a prep run. He’s in the Topaz (Grade One, Leopardstown) over three miles, and he’s not done anything to suggest we shouldn’t go there. “Paul said he was on his head a bit but his jumping carried him through, and he said he got away with the trip, but back up in class he won’t.” Jerry Cosgrave’s stable star Mount Colah cruised to victory in the Foxrock Handicap Chase under Noel McParlan. Placed in the Poplar Square Chase on his seasonal reappearance before another good effort over hurdles at Thurles, the consistent eight-year-old was a 9-1 shot on his return to handicap company. Mount Colah travelled within himself throughout and was the only horse still on the bridle at the top of the home straight. Fever Pitch and Aupcharlie both gave generously under pressure, but Mount Colah was well in command jumping the final fence and safely negotiated the obstacle to cement his 11-length success. Fever Pitch beat Aupcharlie to the runner-up spot, while favourite Abbey Lane was disappointing, eventually pulling up. McParlan said: “He’s a smashing little horse, and the best I’ve ridden. We’ve been trying to get him to settle and the hood has helped this season. That’s as good as he’s ever felt.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Leopardstown or Limerick next for Avant Tout

first_img Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners Supreme Horse Racing Club, said: ” I was excited to hear he has been given an entry in the Grade One three-mile novice chase at Leopardstown and there is also a Grade Two at Limerick on Boxing Day – a race Willie (Mullins) has won with Sir Des Champs and The Paparrazi Kid in recent years. “He is really a spring horse and we already have one eye on the big Festivals next year.” Another Supreme runner being primed for a return is talented mare Uranna, who is set to embark on a career over fences. The seven-year-old won a Listed hurdle race at Sandown back in February and was last seen being touched off by stable companion Whiteout at the Punchestown Festival. “She is in very good order and is a real natural over fences,” said Massey. “She opened her account over hurdles at Limerick last Christmas and the plan is to head back there for a mares’ beginners chase on December 29. “I’m really excited about seeing her tackle the larger obstacles.” Punchestown Festival winner Avant Tout is in line to make his return to action at either Leopardstown or Limerick over the Christmas period. The five-year-old was a surprise winner for Willie Mullins in County Kildare in April, but showed off his talent once more with an emphatic success on his chasing bow at Tramore a month later. Given a break since, Avant Tout is set for a step up in class this winter, with the newly-named Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 29 among his options. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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