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Angel lands Leney prize

Bostons Angel showed plenty of guts to repel all challengers and land the Grade One Fort Leney Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Trained by Jessica Harrington, the six-year-old finished fourth in the Drinmore Chase last time and was sent off a 14-1 chance to improve on that effort.

Thegreatjohnbrowne was the 3-1 favourite after winning both his chase starts this term and he was promptly away, with jockey Paul Carberry setting out to make all the running. He was still in front turning for home but Robbie Power produced Bostons Angel with a well-timed run to shade the lead at the top of the straight.

However, Thegreatjohnbrowne fought back to edge level again at the last but Bostons Angel had more left on the run-in as the market leader began to toil.

That let in the fast-finishing Quito De La Roque, who lunged in the dying strides to finish a three-quarter-length runner-up with Western Charmer back in third and Thegreatjohnbrowne fourth.

Harrington said: "He couldn't go with them over two miles, four furlongs in the Drinmore but Robert (Power) jumped off and said to go for three miles.

"He doesn't have a quick pick-up but he is a galloper and today was a slog. He needs three miles in that class. He will go on good ground though."

Stan James make both Bostons Angel and Quito De La Roque 25-1 shots for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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