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Two out of two for Keen

Lean And Keen has a bright future over obstacles, judging by his battling success in the Cashen Novice Hurdle at Listowel.

Rated in the 80s on the Flat, Sean Byrne's four-year-old made a successful transition to the NH sphere with victory at Cork last month.

This was an altogether more difficult assignment and he was sent off at 11-2 in a five-runner field, but he hit the front between the last two and fended off the rallying Pyromaniac by a length and three-quarters.

Byrne said: "He improved a good bit from the last day.

"He loves that (hurdling), he's a big horse.

"We were a little bit afraid that the ground might be sticky, but he has run well at the Curragh on that ground. If the weather stays dry we might go again.

"Davy (Russell) said he would even jump a fence in time. He's still only four. Davy gave him a great ride."

Blacklough made a successful start to life over fences with the minimum of fuss in the Allman Contracts Limuted Beginners Chase.

The Willie Austin-trained 4-7 market leader eased to the front at the second-last and coasted home four lengths ahead of It's All An Act.

Waver suffered an expensive defeat at Galway on his jumping bow but his Flat class came to the fore in the John Lynch Memorial Maiden Hurdle and he scored by a length and a half as a 9-4 shot.

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