Fahey on mark with Memories
Lots Of Memories got off the mark over fences with a dominant display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan.
A Grade Three winner over hurdles last season and placed at the highest level at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, Paul Fahey's charge was the 5-2 favourite for his third chasing start.
With Paul Townend in the plate for the first time, Lots Of Memories jumped well, but had Jarry D'Honneur and Fine Rightly for company at the second-last.
The latter threatened to make a real race of it for a moment, but Lots Of Memories powered away on the run to the final fence and galloped 11 lengths clear. Champagne James stayed on for third.
Fahey said: "This was two miles and four furlongs at the original stage (in the racing programme) but I missed the text when it was changed back to two miles and one.
"We said we'd let him take his chance as if we wanted to run at Christmas he needed a prep run. He's in the Topaz (Grade One, Leopardstown) over three miles, and he's not done anything to suggest we shouldn't go there.
"Paul said he was on his head a bit but his jumping carried him through, and he said he got away with the trip, but back up in class he won't."
Jerry Cosgrave's stable star Mount Colah cruised to victory in the Foxrock Handicap Chase under Noel McParlan.
Placed in the Poplar Square Chase on his seasonal reappearance before another good effort over hurdles at Thurles, the consistent eight-year-old was a 9-1 shot on his return to handicap company.
Mount Colah travelled within himself throughout and was the only horse still on the bridle at the top of the home straight.
Fever Pitch and Aupcharlie both gave generously under pressure, but Mount Colah was well in command jumping the final fence and safely negotiated the obstacle to cement his 11-length success.
Fever Pitch beat Aupcharlie to the runner-up spot, while favourite Abbey Lane was disappointing, eventually pulling up.
McParlan said: "He's a smashing little horse, and the best I've ridden. We've been trying to get him to settle and the hood has helped this season. That's as good as he's ever felt."