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Magna turns dream into nightmare

There was a big shock in the Tote Pick Six Killiney Novice Chase at Leopardstown when Magnanimity got the better of hotpot Jessies Dream.

Sent off the 4-9 favourite to confirm the promise of his win in the Drinmore Chase, Jessies Dream was settled at the rear of the three-runner field and though he jumped sketchily at a few fences, he looked to have Magnanimity covered entering the straight.

But he ran down the final fence to the right as Davy Russell fired Magnanimity (9-4) straight at the obstacle and got away from it quickly, leaving the favourite too much ground to make up. There was three-quarters of a length in it at the line.

Winning trainer Dessie Hughes said: "I don't think he likes being in front because he's a lazy sort of horse, but he did it well. He warmed up to it. At Leopardstown when you jump the last it is a long way up that hill so I hadn't given up. He's 100% honest.

"He'll go for the decent staying novice chases, but he doesn't like good ground. I'd love to see him run in the RSA if the ground was on the soft side."

Hughes, who will target the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase next with Magnanimity, doubled up immediately when Rare Bob put in a scintillating round of jumping to make every yard of the running in the Tote Pick Six Every Sunday Leopardstown Handicap Chase.

A Grade One winner as a novice, the nine-year-old was wearing blinkers for the first time and they obviously had a galvanising effect.

Paddy Flood went 10 lengths clear early on and although Got Attitude got to within two lengths at the last, the 10-1 chance kept on strongly to score by that amount.

Hughes said: "He was really sparkling. He was in good form before the race and I was hoping he'd be allowed to make it. Usually in those races five or six want to go on, but nothing else did. I think the blinkers had an effect, especially with him being out on his own in front.

"He could be a National horse. He won that off 145 so he won't have too much weight, especially if Denman runs. I didn't have a runner in the National for 25 years and this year I could have four with Black Apalachi, Vic Venturi and In Compliance in there too."


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