Timmy Murphy gave JESSIES DREAM a superb ride when landing the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, a first-ever win at that level for Gordon Elliott. It's unlikely he would have beaten Mikael D'Hageunet if the latter hadn't fallen at the last but he had some decent opposition toiling and a penalty shouldn't prevent a follow up. Bob Lingo fell when weakening in that event but has since made all for a very easy victory at Fairyhouse. Elysian Rock found Grade 1 company and three miles far too much for him here but Western Charmer produced his best run to date in that contest and will have no problems stepping down in trip. The latter looks better than stablemate Magnanimity, who scrambled home in a moderate contest at Punchestown in November.
Jessies Dream (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, 3rd 4 out, headway to lead narrowly 2 out, joined and strongly pressed before last where left clear, kept on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec beating Realt Dubh (11-10) by 5l, 9 ran.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Made all, clear before 3rd, distance clear halfway, given breather and reduced lead before 2 out, extended advantage again before last, kept on well, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase beating Time Electric (11-12) by 20l, 8 ran.
Elysian Rock 12-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, no extra approaching 2 out, weakened, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) in Dec.
Magnanimity (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, challenged 3 out, ridden and no real impression after next, took advantage of leaders slow jump at last to lead, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Nov beating Arabella Boy (11-11) by 2l, 18 ran.
Western Charmer (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Always prominent, 2nd halfway, 3rd and ridden entering straight, kept on one pace under pressure run-in, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Bostons Angel (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) in Dec.