Federici clinches Ulster glory
Having won last week's Cheltenham Festival Foxhunters, County Limerick trainer Enda Bolger was celebrating again after recording a double at Downpatrick yesterday, including the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National with Federici.
The Mooch led for some time but Federici, partnered by Adrian Heskin, continued to make steady progress to lead at the final fence and went on to seal the victory.
In the absence of trainer and Shropshire-based owner John Glews, Sean Byrne said: "I bought the horse as a foal for £1,600 for Enda and John. Enda told me he was in excellent form and would run well - he had never tackled this distance but Enda thought it wouldn't be a problem.
"Adrian gave him a lovely ride and he jumped superbly."
Victorious jockey Heskin said: "It's a great day for Enda and the owner, John Glews, and I'm delighted to have brought home a double for them both.
"He travelled beautifully. We had a plan and it couldn't have worked out better. I had plenty of horse and he scooted away."
Bolger and Heskin also claimed the opener with Lofgren in the same ownership with the favourite Kashmiri Sunet disappointing again.
Brian Hamilton, who trains beside the course, sent out Jimmy Two Times to win the Toals Online hurdle. Viconte Du Noyer attempted to make all but stable jockey Declan Lavery was seen to excellent advantage, delivering the winner to challenge at the final flight and in the manner of a good horse.
Hamilton said: "I wanted to try something different with him. Deckie gets on well with him and he's got slicker over his hurdles.
"I'll probably aim at the same Punchestown Festival race he ran well in last year. He'll go chasing next season."
Sligo handler Mark McNiff maintained his excellent strike rate at the course when The Way It Works stayed best in the closing stages with Davy Russell aboard.
The top jockey was another to complete a double when giving a masterclass in front-running tactics - making every post a winning one to claim the handicap chase on the Paul Nolan-trained Shadow Play.
The hunterchase produced a thrilling finish with half a length covering the first three. Quiet Account joined leader Maple Mons three from home but Chosen Dream, under a determined Mark O'Hare (successful at Maze last week), scored by a neck.
Winning Templepatrick trainer Graham Mc Keever said: "He'll head to the Punchestown Festival for a hunterchase."