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All-the-way win for Cadogan

Jim Dreaper's gallant veteran Cadogan (11-4) made every yard to land a popular success in the Follow Navan On Facebook Beginners Chase.

Eddie O'Connell sent the 12-year-old to the front from the outset and he kept up the gallop to hold El Fontan four-and-three-quarter lengths at bay.

Owner Jarlath Conway said: "He broke down in the County Hurdle (at Cheltenham) and it took four years to get him back. The patience has paid off."

Carrig Millie, a half-sister to 2003 Hennessy winner Strong Flow, showed a never-say-die attitude to land the Nobber Maiden Hurdle under Davy Russell.

Michael Cullen's charge looked a sitting duck as the challengers loomed up but while He's Our Man momentarily edged ahead on the run-in, the 8-1 winner rallied to record a three-quarter-length triumph.

Cullen said: "She deserved that. She had a good run the last day at Leopardstown. She'll go for some of those mares races now and the further she goes the better."

Former Luca Cumani inmate Dysios got off the mark for Denis Cullen for what was a poignant success in the opening Kilberry Maiden Hurdle.

Having his second start over timber, the 11-1 shot took it up from Liberty's Gift at the last and stayed on to beat fast-finishing favourite Time To Work by three lengths.

Denis Cullen said: "That's a first winner for the yard since Michael (O'Brien, father-in-law and former trainer) passed away and it means a lot. We'll probably aim this horse at Punchestown and he'll mix it between this game and the Flat."

Hold Em Cowboy beat Ballyburke to claim the Dunsany Handicap Chase, while the Athboy INH Flat Race went to Lord Of Lords.


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