Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Benbulben opens chasing account

Mount Benbulben

Mount Benbulben got his fencing career back on track when easing to an ultimately smooth success in the Nicky Connors - Lifetime In Racing Beginners Chase.

A Grade Two winner last season as a novice hurdler, the Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old was third on his chasing debut at Naas in October and fell at Punchestown last month.

Davy Condon's mount made a bad mistake on this occasion too, at the second fence, but slowly recovered his momentum.

The 8-13 favourite clearly has a big engine and improved strongly moving to two out, and despite a minor error at the last, he cruised home from Mackeys Forge, who had disputed matters for a long way.

Elliott said: "Mount Benbulben has got a right engine if we can get his jumping right. He is a bit sketchy and it was a good performance considering he was nearly on the ground (at the second fence).

"We'll look for something over Christmas, he's entered in the three-mile Fort Leney Chase at Leopardstown and he'd have no trouble staying that trip."

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