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  • 14:20 Flyingbolt Novice Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) €37,500 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,374 4th €1,125
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 4m 24.10s
  • Off time: 14:20:20
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Saludos bounces back to form

Saludos puts in an error free round to claim the Flyingbolt

Last Updated: 13/02/11 3:40pm

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Jessica Harrington brought Saludos back to his best.

Jessica Harrington brought Saludos back to his best.

Saludos put a poor run behind him to claim the Grade Two Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan.

The absence of Mikael D'Haguenet, Quel Esprit and Sam Adams, who were in action at Leopardstown yesterday, reduced the field to just six runners with Torphichen sent off a well backed favourite but Edward O'Grady's charge could only trail home a well beaten third having made a bad mistake at the fourth last.

The Jessica Harrington trained Saludos adopted his customary position at the head of affairs under Robbie Power and there was no repeat of the jumping errors that had plagued his disappointing performance in the Arkle at Leopardstown over Christmas when the gelding was later reported to have burst a blood vessel.

Montan loomed up menacingly under Paul Carberry just in behind the winner at the second last with Torphichen also having recovered the ground that he'd lost to race a close third on the inside but Saludos produced two good leaps and found plenty for pressure.

Montan kept on well to the line to claim second without ever looking like getting to Saludos whilst Torphichen weakened tamely out of the picture.

"He's a tough horse and I'm delighted he's back to winning ways. He burst a blood vessel the last day but we treated him and gave him a week off," said Harrington, who bagged two Grade Ones at Leopardstown on Saturday.

"He's back to himself and while he's not entered at Cheltenham, Aintree is a possibility."

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