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  • 13:55 Nicky Connors - Lifetime In Racing Beginners Chase2m 5f 100y

  • €12,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €8,280 2nd €1,920 3rd €840 4th €480
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Scheduled
  • Winning time: 5m 51.10s
  • Off time: 13:56:56

Mount back on track

Mount Benbulben got his chasing career back on track at Fairyhouse

Last Updated: 01/12/12 5:20pm

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Davy Condon: Had one or two anxious moments

Davy Condon: Had one or two anxious moments

Mount Benbulben got his chasing career back on track when easing to an ultimately facile success in the Nicky Connors - Lifetime In Racing Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse.

A Grade Two winner last season as a novice hurdler, the Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old was third on his chasing debut at Naas in October and fell at Punchestown last month.

Davy Condon's mount made a bad mistake on this occasion too, at the second fence, but slowly recovered his momentum.

The 8-13 favourite clearly has a big engine and improved strongly moving to two out.

Despite a minor error at the last, he cruised home from Mackeys Forge, who had disputed matters for a long way although his task had been made easier by the absence of his main rival Mikael D'Haguenet who had been declared a non-runner after being found lame.

Elliott said: "Mount Benbulben has got a right engine if we can get his jumping right. He is a bit sketchy and it was a good performance considering he was nearly on the ground (at the second fence).

"We'll look for something over Christmas, he's entered in the three-mile Fort Leney Chase at Leopardstown and he'd have no trouble staying that trip."

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