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Down Royal

  • 14:40 Anglo Irish Bank Hurdle 2m

  • (grade 3) €50,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner:
  • Going: Soft (Chase Course;Hurdles;Soft, Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 9.50s
  • Off time: 14:40:39

Jered Cut For Champion After Cruise

Last Updated: 31/10/08 3:14pm

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Jered - cut for Champion Hurdle.

Jered - cut for Champion Hurdle.

Jered is 7/1 from 10/1 with Sky Bet for the Champion Hurdle after making a winning start to his second season over timber in the Anglo Irish Bank Hurdle at Down Royal.

Connections were worried over the testing ground for the six-year-old but he was always travelling strongly under restraint.

Tony McCoy brought him level with front-running Cork All Star going to the last and it was clear he was travelling the stronger of the pair.

Noel Meade's charge was pushed to the front soon after the final flight and was always comfortably holding a narrow advantage to the line.

The runner-up, blighted by hurdling problems last season, was much better at his obstacles here and should also enjoy a profitable campaign.

However this was a very promising start for Jered who was conceding 11 pounds to Cork All Star, who was preferred to the winner in the market here.

Certainly supporters of Jered who took starting price will be delighted at his return of 13/8.

Meade said: "I thought that it was a fair task to give away 11lb to the other horse (Cork All Star).

"I'm absolutely thrilled with him. I was as impressed with him today as I ever was.

"We'll see what happens, but I would say the next obvious race is to go to Punchestown for the Morgiana Hurdle."

McCoy added: "He took off with me a little bit at the first, so I had to slow him down and get him settled.

"He jumped great and won it well."

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