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Dubh takes control as Mikael flops

Published 30/12/2010

Realt Dubh hits the front as Saludos falls at the last at Leopardstown
Realt Dubh hits the front as Saludos falls at the last at Leopardstown

Mikael D'Haguenet was a big disappointment as Realt Dubh came out on top in a dramatic race for the Bord na Mona With Nature Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

The 4-7 favourite never got close enough to mount a serious challenge in the closing stages as Saludos made most of the running.

There were several in with chances turning for home, but Saludos led only to give Robbie Power a heavy fall at the final fence.

That left Realt Dubh (10-1) in front as Paul Carberry brought Noel Meade's charge home clear of Noble Prince, who stayed on well to collar Torphichen for second place.

Mikael D'Haguenet came home in fifth.

Meade said: "I was a bit disappointed with him the last day at Fairyhouse but he jumped brilliant today.

"I always thought the world of him but did think he always wanted two and a half miles. He could come back for the Irish Arkle and we'll see what happens but he could be a contender for the Cheltenham Arkle next March."

Mullins said of Mikael D'Haguenet: "I'm hoping he was maybe just flat after Fairyhouse.

"I wasn't happy from the fifth. He didn't jump great down the back and his rhythm went."

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