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  • 12:45 Supporters Club AGM & Table Quiz Maiden Hurdle2m 2f

  • €7,501 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner €5,175 2nd €1,200 3rd €525 4th €300
  • Going: Soft, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 21.40s
  • Off time: 12:45:26

Cheltenham winner Briar Hill made a successful debut over timber

Last Updated: 19/11/13 2:32pm

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Briar Hill: An easy winner

Briar Hill: An easy winner

Cheltenham Bumper winner Briar Hill made a successful debut over timber in the Supporters Club AGM & Table Quiz Maiden Hurdle at Wexford.

Sent off at the prohibitive odds of 1/9 against vastly inferior rivals, Ruby Walsh made sure there would be no hard-luck stories on the favourite by taking up the running in the early stages.

Despite jumping a little to his left at his hurdles, it was nothing to set any alarm bells ringing and he put in an accurate round.

Once Walsh wound up the pace half a mile from home, he had his rivals on the stretch.

Molly Connors ran a promising race on debut in second, but she was no match for the impressive winner, who held an 11-length advantage at the line.

Walsh said: "Wexford is not a track that would suit his strengths but I'm delighted he won. He jumped super and travelled very well. I didn't feel like he was going that quick, but he's a Grade One Cheltenham Festival winner."

Mullins added: "I think the Royal Bond will come too soon for him so I'll consider the Navan Novice Hurdle (December15)."

Sky Bet trimmed the winner to 10/1 (from 12s) for the Neptune Management Investment Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and to 12/1 (from 14s) for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Spokesman Michael Shinners commented: "This was a penalty kick for Briar Hill but he hurdled well and confirmed his well-being. We look forward to seeing where this exciting prospect goes next."

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