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Psycho runs riot at Thurles

Psycho bounced back to form with victory in the Beamish Stout Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase at Thurles.

Tony Martin's talented 10-year-old was pulled up following a series of jumping errors when a leading fancy for last month's AP Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but pitched against just three rivals in this Grade Three event, the 5-2 chance was always travelling strongly for Paul Carberry.

Let Yourself Go cut out much of the running, but was a spent force halfway up the straight and Psycho soon eased to the front. Quiscover Fontaine went in pursuit after the final fence on his first start of the campaign, but was still two and a half lengths behind at the line.

The other runner, Clan Tara, took a heavy fall at the halfway stage.

Martin said: "He was unlucky at Cheltenham. He landed on top of the fifth fence and it was goodnight then. You can put a line through that and he schooled since at Naas under Carberry and went well.

"He jumped brilliantly and he couldn't have done it any better.

"He's been an unlucky horse and I'd suppose I'll stick him in a few races at Cheltenham and Fairyhouse and we'll see what happens in the meantime."


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