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  • 15:20 Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) €45,000 added 6yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner €29,251 2nd €8,550 3rd €4,050 4th €1,350
  • Going: Soft (Hurdle: Soft to Heavy)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 16.80s
  • Off time: 15:20:32

Kinloch Brae goes to Plan

Outsider lands feature race

Last Updated: 27/01/11 4:13pm

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Follow The Plan: Surprise winner

Follow The Plan: Surprise winner

Follow The Plan was a shock winner of the Matty Ryan Memorial Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles on Thursday.

Over two years since he last won, the eight-year-old was sent off a 25-1 chance and he looked booked for minor honours at best as Patrick Mangan got to work in the home straight.

Roberto Goldback, favourite J'y Vole and 13-year-old Newmill were in front of Follow The Plan coming to the final fence.

But Mangan switched his mount to the far rail and he finished his race off strongly to deny Roberto Goldback by a neck.

McKiernan said: "I wasn't expecting that, but that just makes it all the sweeter.

"The ground wouldn't have really suited him and maybe it was just that some of the fancied horses didn't run up to form.

"He had leg trouble in the past and he came back from Cheltenham (in 2009) a wreck. We gave him plenty of time off after that and he got a lovely ride from Patrick there.

"He was a bit sticky at a few fences over on the far side but he came home like a train.

"We were held up badly during the cold snap and he probably came on from his last run."

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