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No stopping gutsy Zabana

Zabana outbattled Sizing Codelco to claim the Follow Navan On Facebook Rated Hurdle.

Third in a competitive event at Leopardstown over Christmas, Andy Lynch's charge was sent off a 7-1 chance in the hands of Robbie Colgan for this two-mile affair.

Marinero was the market leader but he looked unlikely to win with Zabana and Sizing Codelco dominating from some way out, with the first-named eventually pulling six clear at the line.

Alderwood, who was a Grade One scorer in his pomp a couple of years ago, stayed on for third as he returned to hurdles following a recent chase outing.

Lynch said: "He was third in the Pertemps qualifier and will probably go to Cheltenham as the owner (Chris Jones) wants to go.

"Whether he handles the track there is a question."

Snow Falcon (even-money favourite) could be heading to the Cheltenham Festival following his victory in the Maiden Hurdle.

Noel Meade's charge ran out a six-length winner over Speed Demon and the evens favourite to put himself in the frame for the March feature.

"I suppose on the book it looked straightforward and he's never finished worse than second and is a fair little horse," said Meade.

" He'll get an entry in the two races at Cheltenham (Neptune and Albert Bartlett) and we'll see what happens."


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