Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Rich lands the spoils

Brian O'Connell

Rich Revival overcame a lengthy absence to land the New Value Hospitality Packages At Fairyhouse Beginners Chase.

On his first appearance since April 2011, and his first start over fences, Liz Doyle's 10-1 shot took the lead off Panther Claw at the second from home.

The lack of a recent run appeared likely to take its toll when Panther Claw came back at him, but Rich Revival found a second wind under Brian O'Connell to prevail by a length and a quarter.

O'Connell said: "He stuck at it well. He was very professional for a horse first time over fences. He hadn't run for a while and he idled a bit in front. When the runner-up came up to him he rallied from the last."

Last season's County Hurdle winner Alderwood met with another defeat on his second start over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners' Chase, won by Canaly.

Having slipped up on the run-in on his chasing debut, there were no excuses this time as he jumped soundly in the main but failed to quicken up in the soft ground.

Canaly (10-1) handled conditions much better for Dessie Hughes and Bryan Cooper, and battled well to hold off the Willie Mullins-trained Terminal by half a length, with Alderwood back in third.

Oscars Joy (7-1) banished the memory of a lacklustre Gowran Park display as she broke her jumping duck in the Christmas Party Raceday At Fairyhouse Mares Maiden Hurdle.

Mags Mullins' bumper winner bounced back to her best to see off Caoimhe's Delight by a length and a half after a battle up the straight.

The trainer said: "She is a grand little filly and she is small. I think there is race back here for her, all going well. It is a Listed race and we will try and get some black type with her. She is as tough as nails and I am delighted with her as she has now won a bumper and a hurdle."

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