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  • 13:35 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle 3m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 42.10s
  • Off time: 13:36:13

Zaidpour lands Galmoy

Zaidpour cut for World after completing hat-trick

Last Updated: 26/01/12 2:39pm

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Voler La Vedette: Finished second to Zaidpour

Voler La Vedette: Finished second to Zaidpour

Zaidpour completed a hat-trick when lowering the colours of classy mare Voler La Vedette in the Grade Two John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh dictated affairs on Willie Mullins' charge, firstly setting a slow early pace then letting Whatuthink do some of the donkey work on the final circuit of this three-mile contest.

Walsh set sail for home after the third-last and though Voler La Vedette put in a strong challenge, Zaidpour always held the upper hand and won by a length.

The pair pulled a long way clear of Chicago Grey, who was third of the five runners.

Fast Or Slow

Walsh said: "I didn't know whether to go slow in front or follow her (Voler La Vedette).

"I'd given her a lead the last twice and she swept past and I thought she might do the same again.

"It was clear at the start no-one was going to make it (the running), so I sauntered along in front.

"He just loves soft ground - you couldn't have it soft enough for him."

Mullins added: "The tactics and ride won it for him. Ruby gave him a very sharp ride. I don't know where he'll go at Cheltenham, the Champion or the World Hurdle.

"Today's race wasn't a trial for either race as they went no gallop but his connections would like to run at Cheltenham. That's his ground."

Sky Bet make the winner a 16-1 chance from 20s for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March but Stan James and Boylesports were more impressed going 12-1 and 14s respectively.

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