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  • 13:35 Limestone Lad Hurdle 2m 3f

  • (listed) €26,000 added 5yo+ 4 ran
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  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 57.20s
  • Off time: 13:36:14

Ebadiyan Lands Listed Heat

Last Updated: 19/01/10 5:15pm

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Brady - won with Ebadiyan.

Brady - won with Ebadiyan.

Oliver Brady's Ebadiyan (9-1) rallied to beat Muirhead (4-7 favourite) in a thrilling finish to the listed Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.

The five-year-old grey has disappointed in blinkers the last twice but put in a much-improved performance with the headgear left off under John Cullen.

Sent off in front from the start, Ebadiyan took them along for the majority of the contest before being headed turning into the straight by the strong-travelling duo Muirhead and De Valira.

As the latter wilted after the final flight it looked Muirhead's to lose as Paul Carberry sat motionless on Noel Meade's seven-year-old, but Ebadiyan battled bravely on the rail to get up by a short head on the line.

Muirhead traded at a low of 1.03 on Betfair, while Ebadiyan was matched at 129-1.

Brady said: "He'll have three options in Cheltenham and they are the Champion Hurdle, the World Hurdle and the Coral Cup.

"He's had a few below-par runs but I knew he was right coming here today."

Meade said of Muirhead: "He came there to win his race. I know a lot of people felt he didn't stay but I don't subscribe to that theory.

"He's sound afterwards and we'll have him scoped.

"Maybe he just emptied a bit in the ground, or it could be the effect of a few hard races."

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