Flemenstar sparkles in Naas victory
Flemenstar put in an impeccable round of jumping to take his winning streak to four with an impressive performance in the Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase at Naas.
Peter Casey's exciting seven-year-old (10-11 joint-favourite) totally outjumped his market rival Bog Warrior, who had beaten him on his chasing debut at Navan in November.
With Rathlin an absentee it was Bog Warrior who took them along until halfway, but Flemenstar jumped past in the hands of Andrew Lynch and took lengths out of his opponent at every obstacle. Having won that particular battle well before the last, he easily held Frisco Depot by five and a half lengths.
Casey said: "I was delighted with him and he didn't like the ground today - it was a bit sticky. That's it now until Easter and the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.
"He's improved a lot since he ran the first time against Bog Warrior. He took it up a bit early, but the way he was pulling Andrew let him go on. He jumped great today. Hopefully next year we'll be away to Cheltenham."
Davy Russell reported Bog Warrior ran "flat", while the vet found the gelding to be blowing hard post-race.
Paddy Pub (10-1) followed up a hurdles win over the course and distance with a game success in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase.
Paddy Mangan sent the Kieran Purcell-trained nine-year-old into the lead a long way out and he never looked like stopping, despite being 5lb wrong in the handicap.
He was pressed by Arabella Boy, who was always prominent, but kept on stoutly to win by a length and three-quarters, with Rare Bob plugging on for third.
Mangan said: "He was a completely different horse for me today than the last time I rode him and the trainer had him spot on. He just beat me here when I was riding Castle Wings for my dad. He did me on the line. I was glad he put me up today and it was special."