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O'Regan wins Power thriller

Denis O'Regan's decision to make the journey back to Ireland was fully vindicated when he produced Living Next Door with a typically patient ride to win the hugely valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown.

A close fifth in the four-miler at Cheltenham in March, Tony Martin's charge had shown little in two runs this season but bounced right back to his best under his confident jockey, who had earlier won on the yard's Blair Perrone.

Top-weight Foxrock, sent off the 7-2 favourite, made a bold bid under Adrian Heskin and had everything else in trouble approaching the final fence, but O'Regan had stalked him into the straight going particularly well.

The eight-year-old put in a massive leap and the 20-1 chance saw off his rival by a length and a quarter, with Vics Canvas running a fine race in third and The Job Is Right fourth in a thrilling finish.

Martin said: "These are the sort of races you like winning. You target them, and it's wonderful that it's worked out.

"Every fence he made ground and O'Regan gave him the ride of the year as far as I'm concerned.

"He lacks a bit of oxygen after his races. It's happened before and we just need to get him away (from the parade ring) quickly. He'll be all right.

"We'll have a think about where we go next, but he won't be going anywhere for at least a month anyway."


From Belfast Telegraph