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  • 15:40 Clonmel Festival Week Chase2m 4f

  • €15,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €10,350 2nd €2,400 3rd €1,050 4th €600
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 24.10s
  • Off time: 15:41:05

Leanne edges out Trafford

Cooper inspired on 6-1 winner

Last Updated: 02/02/12 4:53pm

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Trafford Lad: Edged out in thrilling finish to Clonmel feature

Trafford Lad: Edged out in thrilling finish to Clonmel feature

Leanne edged out Trafford Lad in a thrilling finish to the Clonmel Festival Week Chase.

The front two had the race to themselves going to the last and it was the runner-up, a previous Grade One winner, who landed in front.

However Bryan Cooper wasn't to be denied on Leanne and he galvanised the mare for a renewed effort and the 6-1 chance was in front close home for a three-quarters-of-a-length success.

4-5 favourite The Midnight Club was back in third having been outpaced with three to jump while Cooldine travelled strongly at the rear of the field but found very little when eventually let down and finished a tired and remote fourth.

Winning trainer Bill Harney said, "She's in some health. We'll have to sit and think about plans. She's entered next week at Thurles but probably won't run."

Ruby Walsh said of The Midnight Club: "He was never going and the ground was just too heavy."

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