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Who takes Wexford spoils

Oliver McKiernan's Whodoyouthink produced a tremendous battling display to land the Richard Browne & Sons Ltd Hurdle at Wexford.

Young rider Shane Crimin was bold on the 11-2 chance, setting off out in front and remaining in the front rank for much of the two and a half-mile test.

Pulling clear after the last, he had to be kept up to his work to deny Wilde Wit Pleasure's strong late surge, but Whodoyouthink still had three-quarters of a length in hand at the line.

McKiernan said: "I thought the ground mightn't have suited this fellow but he galloped through it well. He'll be jumping fences soon and he might go to Gowran Park next weekend.

"He'll get an entry in the Irish National. He's been a bit frustrating and I thought he'd have won more at this stage.

"He was out on his own today and kept galloping. The cheekpieces are doing him no harm - they've sharpened him up."

Darwins Theory showed he had improved from his hurdling debut at Leopardstown when running out a commanding winner of the New Ross Maiden Hurdle.

Paul Townend was happy to track the leaders on the even-money favourite, and when he popped the question after the elbow, he forged clear to beat Groomed by two and three-quarter lengths.

Scots Gaelic ran out an authoritative winner of the Curracloe Maiden Hurdle for trainer Pat Flynn and jockey Stephen Gray.


From Belfast Telegraph