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  • 14:35 W.T. O'Grady Memorial E.B.F. Novice Chase2m 4f

  • €17,500 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €12,074 2nd €2,800 3rd €1,225 4th €700
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 46.10s
  • Off time: 14:36:05

Fancied wins as Bishop falls

Mullins ace takes a tumble at second-last fence

Last Updated: 19/01/12 5:24pm

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Ruby Walsh: Unlucky on Bishopsfurze

Ruby Walsh: Unlucky on Bishopsfurze

Bishopsfurze fell as Quietly Fancied came home in front in the W.T. O'Grady Memorial E.B.F. Novice Chase at Thurles.

The Willie Mullins-trained favourite, ridden by Ruby Walsh, had made most of the running but buckled on landing at the second-last fence with the race at his mercy.

Quietly Fancied (8-1) was the only horse near him at the time and only had to jump the last to land a fortuitous victory for trainer Oliver McKiernan.

Rank-outsider Glenlo Abbey (40-1) was the only other horse to complete, and he came home safely to take the forecast spot.

Dessie Hughes' Frisco Depot was the main market rival to Bishopsfurze but he jumped poorly throughout and was pulled-up before the fence at which the former fell.

"He might not have beaten the other horse but he wasn't giving up. He's improving but has had his problems and missed a year," said McKiernan.

"He's definitely going in the right direction and is a very good jumper. He should stay three miles and we'll look for a winners-of-one for him now."

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