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Thursday 25 December 2014

Russell in Fairyhouse strike

Davy Russell
Davy Russell

Davy Russell claimed another victory in his battle with Ruby Walsh for the jockeys' title when Toner D'Oudairies took the Follow Us On Twitter At Fairyhouse Beginners Chase.

Russell, who now leads by eight with the season drawing towards a close, kept Gordon Elliott's 5-4 favourite close to the pace throughout and made his move at the second-last before going clear to beat Dul Ar An Ol by five lengths.

Elliott said: "He's a long time waiting to win a race. We thought he'd win at Cheltenham two years ago, but he got beat (when second in the conditional jockeys' race at the Festival meeting). Now he's got his head in front, we'll keep him going in summer novices."

Push The Button won the Family Day 14th July Handicap Hurdle in a dramatic conclusion, with Mac Tigue the unlucky one as he fell at the last when seemingly about to capture the prize.

That appeared to have handed the race to Rafi De Triana, but he slowed badly on the run-in and allowed Brian O'Connell to sweep past on John Joe Walsh's Push The Button (7-1), the winner by a length.

Walsh said: "He stayed on well. That's his first run for us and we've had him four or five months. He'll keep on the go, but if the ground got too firm he wouldn't run. He might want a bit further as well. Brian thought he might have finished second but for the horse falling."

O'Connell teamed up with the runner-up's trainer Liz Doyle to land the Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Handicap Chase on Lord Alfie (28-1), who arrived late to gain a narrow advantage at the last before holding favourite Easy Vic by a head.

The richest race of the day was the www.fairyhouse.ie Handicap Hurdle and it went to Tom Donohue's Followmeuptocarlow (16-1), who seemed to appreciate the step up to three miles as he won with some authority under Richie Deegan, staying on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths from Los Amigos.

Donohue said: "We thought he'd run well. I'm delighted, it's nice to get it and it'll pay a few bills. We always knew he was going to stay and he was in brilliant form. We're thinking about going chasing with him."

Wedding Present (11-8 favourite) made short work of the opposition in the Summer Racing At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle for the Sean O'Brien team, leading on the run to the second-last and coming away to beat Seskinane easily by 11 lengths.

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