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Dream turns to nightmare for Mikael

Jessies Dream made the most of the final-fence fall of Mikael D'Haguenet to claim the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.

The latter, having his first start in almost 600 days and his first outing over fences in Ireland, jumped with plenty of enthusiasm, although Gordon Elliott's Jessies Dream (7-2) also cruised through the race in the hands of Timmy Murphy, and the pair had it between them after jumping the second-last.

The Willie Mullins-trained Mikael D'Haguenet looked to be travelling the stronger of the pair and took the final obstacle in his stride, but then he took another step and slipped to the ground, leaving Jessies Dream - a former Mullins inmate - to come home five lengths clear of Realt Dubh.

Elliott said: "That's my first Grade One and it is great to do it with the owner's (David Johnson) first horse in training in Ireland. He wants further and better ground and he might go to Kempton for the Feltham Novices' Chase at Christmas."

Mikael D'Haguenet appeared none the worse and was soon back on his feet and caught by jockey Paul Townend.

Mullins added: "His inexperience came against him at the last where he just stumbled on landing after jumping well.

"Hopefully he'll learn from it and that it won't affect his confidence. That's novice chasing."


From Belfast Telegraph