Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Top team at the treble

Midnight Game, left, goes on to win The United Arab Emirates Embassy Maiden Hurdle

Jockey Davy Russell and owners Gigginstown House Stud completed a successful day at Fairyhouse, with Midnight Game and back-to-form Bog Warrior adding to the opening race success of Bright New Dawn to make it a treble on the day.

Willie Mullins' Midnight Game (5-2) was impressive in the Fairyhouse On Facebook Hurdle, moving sweetly to the head of affairs between the last two flights, after the odds-on Staying Article had jumped to the front at the second-last.

Mullins said: "Midnight Game is a lot stronger this year but when I took the quarter sheet off him on the parade ring, I thought he looked big and I was a bit worried. Maybe he is better with that bit of strength though.

"His jumping seems to be sharper this season and we'll probably move him up to a Grade Three race next - he looks to have plenty of gears."

Bog Warrior, trained by Tony Martin, got back on track when defying top weight in the Ryan's Cleaning Services Handicap Hurdle.

The evens favourite, winner of the Drinmore Chase over fences at this meeting 12 months ago, gained a confidence-boosting eight-length success over Wise Oscar.

"I'm absolutely delighted. Davy said he went down like an old pro today - he was only a baby last year," said Martin.

"As soon as he jumped the third-last he put the race to bed in a flash. We probably should have left him alone after the fall he got at Leopardstown as he was never right after that.

"Today's win will leave him right to have a go at something better."

Russell and Gigginstown had to settle for second in the Bar One Racing Ballyhack Handicap Chase as Sean Byrne's Lead Kindly Light took top honours from Far Away So Close.

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