“You could close your eyes to him” – Cooper delighted that Dunvegan delivers again | Horse racing news
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Dunvegan wins the Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday
Sunday: Fairy house
Dunvegan’s love affair with Fairyhouse gets really, really serious. He’s now four out of four on the track and his latest hit in the Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase feature was the best date yet.
Not that the fourth victory of the course in a scorching handicap was a big surprise for Pat Fahy or Bryan Cooper. They always had ultimate faith in the great gray gelding and knew it was only a matter of time before it began to realize its potential.
He certainly did here and there was no hiding place either.
Blackbow wanted to do it all and jumped brilliantly into the main, but Dunvegan kept pestering him all the way and eventually he gave in.
Dunvegan won from hitting the line and was presented at 16-1 at the big annual Paddy Power market. He also holds a Champion Chase entry, and Fahy didn’t rule out having a crack at Shishkin and Energumene despite going 100-1 to beat them.
The winning coach, who also sent the third Castlegrace Paddy, said: “We have him in the Queen Mother. I know you really jump in class, but we’re going to continue with him now and give him the chance to compete. against the big guys on the shorter routes, we’ll see the Dublin Racing Festival for him next.
“We’ve always thought about him a lot. He won two bumpers and beat a lot of winners in Punchestown after that. Then he was so impressive when he won his first hurdle here.
“He came back to us after that and he still looked like a three-mile hunter, but that seems to be his trip. Luckily, we brought him back on the trip and let him tip over.”
Cooper. who takes great pleasure in letting it rock too, Said: “He’s a horse that I really enjoyed riding. He’s a good jumper. You could almost close your eyes to him and he will do anything for you. He finally accomplishes what he promised to deliver. as a young horse. “
Watch Dunvegan win at Fairyhouse on Sunday
Saint Sam 33-1 for the festival
Willie Mullins unleashed another class rookie in fencing in the 2m1f rookie pursuit at Saint Sam and by beating Thedevilscoachman by nine lengths he earned a 33-1 odds with Paddy Power for the Novice Pursuit of Arkle and Turners.
Paul Townend, who thinks he will turn out to be a better hunter than a hurdler, said: “He jumped well at home and we let him do it there. left alone or whatever but he won well in the end.
“When Sean [O’Keeffe, on El Barra] arrived next to me, I gave him a squeeze and he continued to pick up. He made a good leap to the last one and it was only then that he set off.
“He could go a little higher on the fences as he jumps. He’s going to have more difficult tasks ahead of him but I think from what he showed there he can level up.”
Too spicy white pepper
The opening hurdle for the four-year-old has contained the winner of the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle in Cheltenham for two of the past four years – Veneer Of Charm (2018) and Aramax (2020) – and Britzka started the day favorite for the festival award.
He did, however, finish the day 33-1 with bet365, when he was fourth after running lazily all the way through.
White Pepper was too spicy for them all under Luke Dempsey and did most of the race en route to a two-length victory over Feigh.
Rust turns to gold
The biggest shock of the day came in the mares’ first hurdle as Red As Rust, 25-1, snagged the booty from Enfield-based coach Nigel Slevin.
It was tight with Brooklynn Glory coming down to the last one, but she wandered the approach and got off, leaving Conor Orr out of the way of Red As Rust.
Slevin said: “She’s a great mare and it’s great to have her on my local track.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 2:40 P.M., JANUARY 9, 2022