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Atout floored on chasing debut

Un Atout suffered an odds-on reverse as he made his return to the racecourse in the Buy Your Go Racing In Kildare Badge Beginners Chase at Punchestown won by Mala Beach.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was having his first start in 590 days - and making his chasing debut - having not run since winning a Grade One novice hurdle at Punchestown in April 2013.

But he made a catastrophic error at the final fence on the first circuit, ploughing through it and then going down on his haunches.

The 5-6 market leader was soon back in the contest, but faded away in the closing stages as Robbie Colgan took charge on Gordon Elliott's Mala Beach (11-8), who stepped up on his second to The Tullow Tank on his fencing bow as he cleared away to score by 16 lengths from Sumos Novios.

Elliott, recording a swift double after Don Cossack in the John Durkan, said: "He's a fair horse and I've always liked him. I think he'll be even better on soft ground.

"He's in all the novices over Christmas but I'll have to chat with Chris (Jones, owner) as he's away for Christmas.

"He's a good, big staying horse and the further he goes the better. Something like the four-miler at Cheltenham would do me nicely.

"I know Willie's horse made a bad mistake, but I think our fella is a nice horse.

"It's been a good day and it's nice to get a few winners."

Rock The World was sent off the 8-11 favourite for the CBRE Property Advisors Supporting Kilmacud Crokes Rated Novice Hurdle and never gave supporters a moment's concern as he came home an untroubled winner.

Robbie Power always looked at ease on Jessie Harrington's six-year-old, and having slipped past the front-running Tawseef on the turn for home, his mount raced well clear before beating A Sizing Network by seven lengths.

Harrington said: "He was entitled to do that. Maybe the ground was a bit heavy for him the last day and maybe he didn't totally stay. He will go to Leopardstown at Christmas now. There was talk of a handicap hurdle next weekend but that might be a bit quick."

On Impulse was running for the first time for the Ted Walsh yard in the 2015 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle and the result was never in doubt once Davy Russell jumped to the front two out on the 5-2 shot, who raced eight lengths clear.

The trainer said: "He did it well. He had a good run in Naas and the winner (Free Expression) won a Graded race since, so he upheld that form. He'll jump a fence in time. He's a grand horse, no superstar, but if he stays sound and goes the right way he'll make a nice three-mile chaser."

Russell quickly doubled up when Charles Byrnes' well-backed 15-8 favourite Lite Duties took the Kelly Bradshaw Dalton Supporting Cavan GAA Handicap Hurdle.

A winner at the track last month, the progressive sort was given a 10lb hike in the ratings for that but shrugged off the imposition, easing into the lead going well on the home turn and jumping the last clear before beating Irish Bulletin by five lengths.

The Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Chase went to Henry de Bromhead's 3-1 favourite Grand Jesture, who led two out under Johnny Burke and got the better of Sadler'sflaure to win by three and a quarter lengths.


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