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Universe is out of this world

Hidden Universe landed a comfortable all-the-way success in the Bord na Mona Clean Water 4YO Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The 4-11 favourite never gave his supporters an anxious moment as he made a successful debut over jumps.

Robbie McNamara had the Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old travelling nicely at the head of the field and dictated affairs all the way round and hardly had to be shaken up to win.

None of the rivals were able to get in a blow as Hidden Universe won by four lengths from Joe Smooth, with House Rules third.

Weld said: "Hidden Universe will go for a winners-of-one race next and jumped big and safe. He would be better suited by a stronger pace and a lead but he is potentially a horse with a big future."

There was a surprise in the Bord na Mona Fire Magic Juvenile Hurdle as 6-4 favourite Toner D'Oudairies could only finish fourth behind Sailors Warn (12-1).

Andrew McNamara sent the Edward O'Grady-trained gelding into the lead before the final flight before going on to score by three and a half lengths from Fearless Falcon, with Accidental Outlaw third.

Toner D'Oudairies was a big disappointment and was never travelling well or jumping with fluency.

O'Grady said: "That made up for a series of disappointments and he didn't jump well enough at Fairyhouse the last day. I thought coming here that if he was in the first four I'd be delighted with him although a few of the others may not have been at their best.

"I was thinking of running him in the Fred Winter Hurdle at Cheltenham but he may now go for the Grade One race here on Hennessy day in February."


From Belfast Telegraph