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Valseur steps out in style

Valseur Lido looks to have a big future over fences after running out an impressive winner of the Gain Supporting Laois GAA Beginners Chase at Punchestown.

Just behind the best novice hurdlers last year and second to esteemed Willie Mullins-trained stable companion Faugheen in a Grade One at the track, the five-year-old looked a natural over the bigger obstacles.

His stablemate Abbey Lane was still going well enough when a late faller, but Bryan Cooper appeared confident at the time and after taking over from Dromnea approaching the second-last, the 8-11 favourite was allowed to come home in his own time.

Champagne James stayed on takingly for second from some way back, but he was 11 lengths in arrears and never threatened the winner.

Cooper said: "I never felt I was in any bother, he really attacked his fences. I think that (chasing) is his game and the extra four furlongs really suited him."

Mullins added: "Two and a half miles was no problem to him. We'll probably have a look at the Drinmore now. Bryan was very happy with him, so I'm happy."

Cooper doubled up when the Mouse Morris-trained Alpha Des Obeaux (4-6 favourite) led home a Gigginstown House Stud one-two in the Visit For All Offers Maiden Hurdle.

Altiepix attempted to lead all the way in the owners' second colours and still held the advantage on the turn into the straight, but Cooper's mount was going best and after taking it up just before the last, stretched clear to score by eight and a half lengths.

Morris said: "He'll make into a nice horse - he's still a baby. He took his time to quicken but when he did, he did it well. The penny has to drop with him yet. He'll keep me going for next season. I've no plans with him but he's an exciting one to have."

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