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Power-packed veteran shines

Powerstation will head to Leopardstown at Christmas after rolling back the years to record a popular victory in the Proudstown Handicap Hurdle at Navan.

Placed at four Cheltenham Festivals, the Eamonn O'Connell-trained 11-year-old built on last month's Clonmel third with a battling length and a half success over He'llberemembered at odds of 14-1 in the hands of amateur Johnny King. It was his first success since May last year.

"He ran well at Clonmel the last day and I knew he was right today. Even though he is 11, he is still a fresh little horse and he'll go for the Woodies Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas," said O'Connell.

"He is a stone higher in England so there's no point going over there, and he may go back over fences later in the season."

Foildubh is also Leopardstown-bound after recapturing the winning thread in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.

Second to Quel Esprit at Naas before finding Grade Two company a little too hot at Punchestown, John Ryan's 7-1 chance cruised into contention three out and Robbie Colgan did not have to get overly serious on run to the line to keep Jim Will Fix It two and three-quarter lengths at bay.

Ryan said: "Foildubh goes for the big novice (Irish Racing Post Novice Chase) at Leopardstown over Christmas and is well entitled to go for it. He'll appreciate better ground and Robbie thought he could make a Grand National horse one day."

The Tony Martin-trained Dedigout looks another fine prospect for Gigginstown House Stud after handsomely defying a winner's penalty in the Meath Novice Hurdle. Briefly passed down the far side, he muscled his way back to prominence coming to the third-last under Davy Russell.

The relentless galloper was not for catching and though Mart Lane stuck on well for second, he was three and a half lengths down on the heavily-backed 7-4 favourite at the line.

Martin said: "Dedigout is a nice horse who likes winter ground and stays well. I think he'll make a lovely chaser this time next year."


From Belfast Telegraph