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Walsh puts rivals to the sword

Mark Walsh made it a treble on the day at Fairyhouse and nine wins in the past week when guiding Sword Fish to victory in the Boylesports Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse Handicap Chase.

The Christy Roche-trained 9/2 chance was always prominent under Walsh, who remained supremely confident in allowing Thelobstercatcher a narrow advantage in the home straight.

Just edging in front at the last, he then extended his advantage up the run-in, secure a length and a quarter advantage.

"Mark said it enjoyed it (the heavy ground), said owner JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry.

"That made up for the last day when he just got chinned. He's been pretty consistent all season.

"We'll try and find something like that again. He seemed to cope with the ground better than he used to."

Berry also had praise for the winning rider, who currently leads the jockeys standings, adding: "Mark is riding with a lot of confidence and that comes with riding good horses."

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