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  • 13:20 Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase 2m 4f

  • (grade 1) €85,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner:
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 23.20s
  • Off time: 13:20:48

Pandorama Battles To Fairyhouse Win

Last Updated: 02/12/09 3:25pm

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Pandorama (left) - workmanline winner.

Pandorama (left) - workmanline winner.

Noel Meade was delighted to see Pandorama silence the doubters by running out an impressive winner of the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.

The Grade One-winning hurdler was made to pull out all of the stops when scoring by a head on his fencing debut at Punchestown, where he jumped left for much of the race.

As a result, he was as big as 5-1 on Wednesday morning before being heavily backed into 9-4 favouritism.

Pandorama travelled ominously well throughout the two-and-a-half-mile contest and went in pursuit of Alpha Ridge at the top of the straight.

Davy Condon's mount soon struck the front and although Pandorama again jumped slightly out to his left at the last couple of obstacles, he passed the post seven lengths ahead.

Pandorama's stablemate, Jered, did not jump as fluently as the winner but plugged on late in the day to finish third.

The winner was cut to 12-1 from 16s by William Hill for the RSA Chase, while Victor Chandler cut him to the same price from 20-1.

The runner-up, Alpha Ridge, was introduced by totesport at 20-1.

Meade said: "He jumped left the last day and everyone got caught up on that, but the fences at Punchestown are the width of the parade ring.

"He was up there in front and he went left at the first one and suddenly he was going down to every fence and getting worse and worse and worse.

"He got a lead this time and he was totally different. The engine is there.

"You'd have to think he might be better going left-handed but I'm sure he'll be better over three miles.

"Hopefully Leopardstown over Christmas will be next (Knight Frank Novice Chase) if we are happy with him, and then possibly the Moriarty in February.

"He goes on goodish ground but I wouldn't like to run him on quick ground.

"Jered would like a little bit better ground. He is not as big as the winner and he missed a few fences too."

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