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Last Updated: 28/01/12 3:00pm
Davy Russell: Cool ride on Sir Des Champs
Sir Des Champs won the Boylesports.com - Bet On Your Mobile Novice Chase at Leopardstown.
De' Oro was the clear leader in the Grade 2 contest until he cried enough at the end of the back straight which left the winner, Fists Of Fury and Hidden Cyclone to fight out the finish with two to jump.
The trio remained level at the last fence and it was Sir Des Champs who looked to have cracked first as he pecked on landing after taking the obstacle.
But Davy Russell coolly got him back on an even keel and he quickened smartly past his two rivals to score cheekily at the line by half a length.
Fists Of Fury took the runner's-up berth with Hidden Cyclone a close-up third.
Mullins said: "He made a few errors there but he galloped on nicely from the last.
"He is improving slowly and he'll go for one of the staying novice chases at Cheltenham - either the Jewson or the RSA."
Russell added: "He was bit lazy throughout but he jumped great.
"He got in a little bit tight to the last but he is a clever horse and he fiddled it. I only had to give him one slap and we were always going to get there.
"I like him, I like him plenty and anything from two and a half miles up will be fine for him."
The winner was cut to 8-1 from 12s by William Hill for the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Festival.